16 Best Hebrews Commentaries You Should Read First

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1) Hebrews 1-8, Volume 47A (Word Biblical Commentary)



William Lane pens the valuable and easy to understand Hebrews 1-8, Volume 47A for The Word Biblical Commentary.  This series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


2) A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews


A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews
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Philip Edgcumbe Hughes – a theologian, New Testament scholar and Anglican clergyman, pens the detailed and verse-by-verse study of Hebrews in A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews.  This hefty book (600 plus pages) was published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in 1987.


3) Hebrews – Revelation (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary)



The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries. Written by dozens of scholars/preachers, it is regarded as an inter-denominational exposition and a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide. Each book of the series has an exposition, introduction, outline, and bibliography.


4) The Epistle to the Hebrews (The New International Greek Testament Commentary)



The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text. The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others.  Paul Ellingworth writes the volume on Hebrews.


5) The Epistle to the Hebrews (New International Commentary on the New Testament)



The New International Commentary on the New Testament provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book. Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more.


6) Hebrews (Geneva Series of Commentaries)


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At a hefty 700 plus pages, Hebrews by Dr. John Brown of Edinburgh (1784-1858) is a hefty and valuable read.  It was first published in 1961 by Banner of Truth for the popular Geneva Series of Commentaries series and has been updated since.

7) The Message of Hebrews (Bible Speaks Today)


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The Message of Hebrews by  Raymond Brown is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.


8) Hebrews (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)



The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.  Donald Guthrie pens the thorough and easy-readable Hebrews volume.


9) Let’s Study Hebrews (Let’s Study Series)


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The 18 volume Let’s Study series seeks to combine explanation and application. The aim is to explain Scripture as if speaking to a friend. Published by Banner of Truth, this series is a must for every Christian home. The Hebrews volume is written by Hywel R. Jones, whose style is warm and approachable.


10) NIV Application Commentary: Hebrews [Hardcover] by Guthrie, George H.



George Guthrie shares perspectives on Hebrews that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


11) Hebrews (New International Biblical Commentary, Vol. 14)



The 43 volume New International Biblical Commentary series is written by world-class evangelical scholars. Whether you’re preparing a lesson or sermon or simply studying for your personal reasons, the New International Bible Commentary provides you with a study resource that combines convenience with depth and relevance.  Ralph P. Martin of the University of Sheffield pens the Hebrews volume.


12) The Letter to the Hebrews (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC))



The 15 volume Pillar New Testament Commentary is designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible. The authors provide rigorous exegesis and exposition and contemporary relevance of the Bible. The New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, the authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament. The Letter to the Hebrews is a truly superb commentary in the Pillar series and was meticulously written by Peter O’Brien.

13) Hebrews (Reformed Expository Commentary)


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Reformed Expository Commentaries are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is Reformed in doctrine, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.  Richard D. Phillips writes the volume on Hebrews.



14) Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul, Volume 1 (Preaching the Word)



Preaching the Word is a series recognized for its steadfast commitment to biblical authority, readability, and clear exposition of Scripture. It’s the perfect resource for pastors, teachers, and those seeking to enrich their personal Bible study. R. Kent Hughes, of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, is the editor of the 45 book series and writes the Hebrews volume.


15) Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude



One of the most promiment Biblical scholars of our time – Ben Witherington III – applies his unique socio-rhetorical method to examine Hebrews, James and Jude within their primarily Jewish context.  Witherington gracefully brings in the Jewish context, the Greco-Roman context, and adds his own rhetorical insights to this top commentary.


16) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.






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