12 Best Leviticus Commentaries You Must Have
June 6, 2017

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1) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

 

Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)
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Top Leviticus Commentaries // #1

The Calvins Commentaries are a 22 volume classic commentary set on the Old and New Testaments that are complete and unabridged. Written in a clear, lucid style, each volume provides profound reverence for the Bible with a rare objectivity in its exegesis. They are translated from the original Latin and compared with the French edition. A beautiful, thorough and must have set if you want a great understanding of scripture.

Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

 

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

 

 

Top Leviticus Commentaries // #2

A writer who is both scholarly and easy to read, Gordon J. Wenham (a lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College) pens The Book of Leviticus (New International Commentary on the Old Testament). 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 Leviticus (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

 

3) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 4, Leviticus (hartley)

 

Leviticus, Volume 4 (Word Biblical Commentary)
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Top Leviticus Commentaries // #3

A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the lead author of  Genesis 16-50, Volume 2 from the Word Biblical Commentary is John E. Hartley, PhD,  a Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Department of Biblical Studies in the C.P. Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific 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. 4, Leviticus (hartley)

 

4) Leviticus: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)

 

 

Top Leviticus Commentaries // #4

Mark F. Rooker is the primary author of Leviticus: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture  from The New American Commentary.  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.

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

 

5) Leviticus (Continental Commentary) (Continental Commentaries)

 

 

Top Leviticus Commentaries // #5

Rabbi Jacob Milgrom – a life-long student and scholar of Leviticus – offers a book accessible to all readers. He demonstrates the logic of Israel’s sacrificial system, the ethical sides of ancient worship, and the priestly forms of ritual.  This book is part of the Continental Commentaries which are known for being both erudite and accessible.

Leviticus (Continental Commentary) (Continental Commentaries)

 

6) The JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus

 

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Dr. Baruch A. Levine pens the exquisite Leviticus volume of The JPS Torah Commentary – a series that guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. A scholar who is the epicenter of his field, writes each volume. Geared towards the English reader and very detailed, each book has traditional Hebrew text (with cantillation notes) the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar. Each volume also contains extra essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps. An excellent addition to anyone doing an open study of Genesis.The JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a scholar who stands at the pinnacle of his field. Every page contains the complete traditional Hebrew text, with cantillation notes, the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar, integrating classical and modern sources.  Each volume also contains supplementary essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps.

The JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus

 

7) Leviticus, Numbers

 

 

Top Leviticus Commentaries // #7

Written by W.H. Bellinger – the Leviticus and Numbers volume for the New International Biblical Commentary is long enough to avoid being superficial, but short enough to make it palatable.  While understanding Leviticus and Numbers can often be challenging for modern readers, Bellinger offers an accessible look at these two books he hopes will generate a further dialogue. Additionally, he examines the way Leviticus and Numbers provide the modern reader with stories about Israel’s successes and failures. For those wishing for further discussion than is found in the discussion of the text, there are additional notes at the end of each section, as well as in the various exercises  throughout the volume. Pastors and students will find this series to be accessible without sacrificing true scholarship.

Leviticus, Numbers

 

8) Leviticus (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

 

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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Leviticus by Jay Sklar, PhD. Sklar is Professor Old Testament and Dean of Faculty at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. 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 Leviticus has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

 

Leviticus (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

 

9) Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus

 

 

Top Leviticus Commentaries // #9

Although on a superficial level the Book of Leviticus seems like barren material for modern, lively preaching, it is one of the most important books of the Old Testament. Not only does is describe the complete religious system of ancient Israel, but lays the theological foundation for the Christian gospel.

Allen P. Ross, PhD – in Holiness to the Lord – enables preachers and teachers to understand the riches of Leviticus and deliver them to a contemporary audience. Ross is professor of Old Testament at Beeson Divinity School and has taught Hebrew grammar to seminary students for over thirty years.

The way Ross bridges ancient historical background into contemporary application will lead you and to a higher level of holiness.

Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus

 

10) Leviticus (Geneva Series of Commentaries)

 

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Top Leviticus Commentaries // #10

Andrew Alexander Bonar – who was a minister in the Church of Scotland – died in 1892.  He left behind classic and conservative writings on Leviticus, which is one of the least read and understood parts of Scripture (but bears the most words of God).  These writings were intended for personal use, but his friends found them so helpful he published them.  Bonar’s work is marked by simplicity and beautiful spiritual application.

Leviticus (Geneva Series of Commentaries)

 

11) Leviticus (Ep Study Commentary)

 

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Top Leviticus Commentaries // #11

Did you know, Leviticus used to be the first book of the Bible read and studied by children in the synagogue?  In modern time, though, in the church, it is usually one of the last ones read (if it’s rad at all).  This is because some feel Leviticus lacks relevance for the New Testament Christian. Author John Currid, PhD shows how displaced that reasoning is in Leviticus (Ep Study Commentary).  Currid is Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.  He believes Leviticus has timeless value for the believer of any age.

EP Study Commentaries are readable, user friendly and accessible  tools for the minister, theologian and serious students of the Scriptures.

 

Leviticus (Ep Study Commentary)

 

12) Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (Preaching the Word)

 

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (Preaching the Word)
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Part of Preaching the Word series, Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People illuminates how the regulations detailed in the ancient book point to the perfection and fulfillment of Christ in the New Testament age.

Author Kenneth Mathews, PhD – a  professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School – realizes readers often get stuck in the rules of Leviticus.  Therefore, his chapter-by-chapter analysis reveals more than rules/demands, God’s standards for worship in any age.

Matthews’ unique commentary shines a light on the many ways God made accommodation for human sin through Christ and will train pastors, teachers, and scholars in how Leviticus foreshadowed the saving work of Jesus.

Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People (Preaching the Word)

 

 



 

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