11 Best Joshua Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) Joshua (NIV Application Commentary)


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Top Joshua Commentaries // #1

By Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., PhD – an emeritus professor of biblical literature at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL  – this series represents clarity in a very ancient and, often, confusing text. It cuts to the chase, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into today’s time so that it can he heard and believed with all the freshness and necessity of a new day. Walton works through the book passage by passage and eloquently and soundly demonstrates the timeless relevance of Joshua.

Joshua (NIV Application Commentary)


2) The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Volume 3) – Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel



Top Joshua Commentaries // #2

Seventy-eight contributors from around the world and from many faiths (including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed) come together to create The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Volume 3) – Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel.

All together, they represent the best in evangelical scholarship committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. Based on the New International Version for its English text, this detailed commentary includes analysis of the major interpretations of each passage. Hebrew knowledge not necessary, but helpful.

In addition to its exposition, each book of the Bible has an introduction, outline, and bibliography.  This set will get a lot of use in your library.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Volume 3) – Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel


3) Joshua, Judges, Ruth (New International Biblical Commentary. Old Testament Series, 5)



Top Joshua Commentaries // #3

J. Gordon Harris, Cheryl Anne Brown and Michael S. Moore team to create a commentary that takes a historical approach to the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

Informed biblical scholars, the trio examine Joshua, Judges, and Ruth as narratives with dynamic theological messages about the relationship between God and his people. Their work is not mucked up with technical discussions and they beautifully clarify the original meaning of these important (yet often-neglected) books.

Joshua, Judges, Ruth (New International Biblical Commentary. Old Testament Series, 5)


4) Joshua (Concordia Commentary)


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Hebrew scholar Adolph L. Harstad (also a professor of Exegetical Theology at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota) writes the Joshua volume for the Concordia Commentary.  Throughout the commentary he shows his intimate knowledge of the Holy Land and his rich experiences as a missionary and pastor bring the biblical text to life. Illustrated with maps and photos, Harstad’s commentary is visual, clear and bridging to today’s world.

Joshua (Concordia Commentary)


5) Joshua, Judges, Ruth (Bible Student’s Commentary)



Top Joshua Commentaries // #5

German C. J. Goslinga writes the Joshua, Judges and Ruth volume for the Bible Student’s Commentary.  At over 500 pages, this is a detailed, thorough and scholarly presentation of these three books.

Joshua, Judges, Ruth (Bible student’s commentary)

6) Joshua (Expositional Commentary)


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Top Joshua Commentaries // #6

The late James Montgomery Boice – a former senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – is known for explaining the meaning of biblical texts verse by verse and section by section, while also applying the text to the realities of Christian life today. Joshua is the latest addition to Boice’s popular Expositional Commentary series.  This volume discusses obedience and love in the context of the life of Joshua.  With an applicable and easy-to-understand writing style, Boice does a suberb job making Joshua a helpful commentary for pastors, students, and laypeople.

Joshua (Expositional Commentary)


7) The Book of Joshua (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)



Top Joshua Commentaries // #7

A writer who is both scholarly and easy to read, Marten H. Woudstra pens The Book of Joshua for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series. This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources fore their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.

The Book of Joshua (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)


8) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 7, Joshua (butler)


Top Joshua Commentaries // #8

A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the lead author of Joshua, Volume 7 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Trent C. Butler – an author who has a PhD in biblical studies and linguistics from Vanderbilt University.  This publishing house 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.


Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 7, Joshua (butler)


9) Joshua: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)


Top Joshua Commentaries // #9

David M. Howard is the primary author of  Joshua: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary). Joshua forms the logical end point for much of the Pentateuch. It shows how Israel came to possess the land God had promised centuries before to Abraham and how God was faithful to his promises. Additionally, it expresses God’s demands for his people to forsake all other allegiances and follow him only and completely. Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version,  sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


10) Joshua: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)



Top Joshua Commentaries // #10

The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Joshua by Richard S. Hess. Hess is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Denver Seminary.  Hess presents historical and archaeological evidence for placing the events of Joshua in the late second millennium B.C.  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. The original, unrevised text of Genesis has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.


Joshua: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)


11) Joshua: No Falling Words (Focus on the Bible)


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Top Joshua Commentaries // #11

Dale Ralph Davis’ Joshua commentary is rooted in a thorough analysis of the Hebrew text.  He uses helpful insights from archaeology and linguistics to discuss each section. Part of the Focus on the Bible series, you’ll find this easy to read volume to be practical, devotional and light on the technical side.

Joshua: No Falling Words (Focus on the Bible)




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