15 Best Malachi Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) Malachi (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)



Andrew E. Hill takes a thorough and rich look at the last book in the Old Testament and minor prophet Malachi in this book for The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries.  The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries is a prestigious series of more than 80 volumes written by scholars of all faiths. A book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha, this massive commentary series makes available all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge which bears on the interpretation of the Bible. Anchor Yale commentaries are written with the most exacting standards of scholarship, reflecting the highest technical accomplishment. They are accessible for laypersons, and vital for sermon preparation, research, and advanced study of the Bible.


2) Malachi: God’s unchanging love


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Dr. Walter C. Kaiser Jr. – distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts – wrote Malachi: God’s unchanging love for Baker Book House in 1984.  The book remains a useful commentary that discusses the lexical, syntactical and theological problems of the original text.  It also bridges the historical gap by applying the message of the book to today.

3) Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi: An Exegetical Commentary



Dr. Eugene H. Merrill wrote this excellent exegetical commentary via CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2014. It’s a great resource for serious students of Old Testament studies and in it Dr. Merrill demonstrates his competency and faithfulness to the Biblical Texts. Dr. Merrill works through different views on certain passages before presenting his own. A must have addition to any library of Haggai texts.


4) The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary



Noted evangelical scholars including Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, and J. Alec Motyer offer an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the minor prophets and their messages of doom and gloom. A meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text is provided and the authors also relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life in practical and meaningful ways.


5) The Books of Haggai and Malachi



Pieter A. Verhoef writes this thorough exegesis and exposition of little-studied Haggai and Malachi for The 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 for their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.


6) Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi: An Introduction & Commentary


The late Joyce G. Baldwin (who was principal of Trinity College, Bristol) wrote several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series, including this solid work on Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.  The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, 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 texts have been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.


7) Haggi, Zechariah and Malachi (Christian Focus)


John L. Mackay writes Haggi, Zechariah and Malachi for the 41 volume Focus on the Bible series.  These books are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors. They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage.


8) Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)



A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Micah-Malachi, Volume 32 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Ralph L. Smith. Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into Micah and Malachi and fills a void in Old Testament studies.
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.



9) Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi (Geneva Series of Commentaries)




The late scholar Thomas Verner Moore wrote Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi for the Geneva Series of Commentaries. Dr Moore was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church in 1867 and served as editor of Central Presbyterian.

10) The Minor Prophets (2 Volume Set)


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The late James Montgomery Boice – who was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals – wrote the inspirational Micah-Malachi commentary for The Minor Prophets two-volume series by Baker Books.

11) Haggai, Malachi: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture



Haggai, Malachi: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture was written by Richard A. Taylor and edited by Ray Clendenen for 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.


12) Joel, Obadiah, Malachi (The NIV Application Commentary)



David W. Baker – professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary – writes on the three short prophetic books of Joel, Obadiah and Malachi. Each contain a dual message and Baker skillfully bridges the centuries in helping believers today understand and apply them. 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.


13) Losing Touch W/The Living God: (Malachi)



John Benton shows how Malachi’s book is a call from lazy religion back to enduring faith in Losing Touch W/The Living God: (Malachi).  This book is part of the fifty plus titles in the Welwyn Commentaries are dedicated to the practical exposition and exhortation of Scripture and designed for pastoral ministry and preaching. They combine exegesis, hermeneutics, history, and pastoral insight to meet today’s needs of pastors as they grapple with the word of God.




Although originally purposed as a minister’s preparation tool, the Preacher’s Complete Homiletical Commentary is also a fine personal study supplement.
The series distinguishes itself as being a commentary “written by preachers for preachers” and offers thousands of pages of: detailed illustrations suitable for devotional study and preaching; suggestive and explanatory comments on verses; theological outlines of passages; expository notes; ketches and relevant quotes and brief critical notes on chapters.


15) 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 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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