11 Best Genesis Commentaries You Must Have

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With so many Genesis commentaries, which are the best? These Genesis commentaries made it to our list of top books and we’ve compiled them to make it easy for you to find them. Please note that we did not write the descriptions ourselves (for our thoughts on books, check out our book reviews).

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1) The NIV Application Commentary Genesis


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Top Genesis Commentaries // #1

By John H. Walton, PhD – a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College – this series is all seriousness.  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 Genesis.

The NIV Application Commentary Genesis


2) Genesis (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary)



Top Genesis Commentaries // #2

Volume one of the completely revised and revamped edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series is, of course, Genesis.  It is edited by Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland and contains the writings of many of the world’s top biblical scholars. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition heralds the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. The thoroughly revised features consist of:  comprehensive introductions, short and precise bibliographies, detailed outlines, insightful expositions of passages and verses, overviews of sections of Scripture to illuminate the big picture, occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues, notes on textual questions and special problems (placed close to the texts in question), transliterations and translations of Hebrew and Greek words and a balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion.  The volumes are nicely printed and sturdily bound. These books are not only full of greatness, but will look great on your shelf and will add worth and beauty to your theological library.

Genesis (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary)


3) Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis



Top Genesis Commentaries // #3

Written by Allen P. Ross, PhD – a professor of Old Testament at Beeson Divinity School – Creation and Blessing is an extraordinarily helpful guide for pastors and teachers.

Ross’ purpose is to “help the reader appreciate the major literary and theological motifs that form the theological ideas in the narratives, and to demonstrate how these theological ideas can be developed into clear and accurate expository ideas.” To meet this goal, he divides Genesis into over sixty units, discussing each unit in depth and provides outlines and a bibliography. The result is a scholarly, yet readable, study of Genesis.

Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis


4) Genesis 16-50, Volume 2 (Word Biblical Commentary)



Top Genesis Commentaries // #4

A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the lead author of  Genesis 16-50, Volume 2 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Gordon J. Wenham, PhD – professor emeritus of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. 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.

Genesis 16-50, Volume 2 (Word Biblical Commentary)


5) Genesis 11:27-50:26: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)



Top Genesis Commentaries // #5

Kenneth A. Mathews, PhD – a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama – is the primary author of  Genesis 11:27-50:26: 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.

Genesis 11:27-50:26: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)


6) Genesis (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)


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James McKeown teaches Old Testament and Hebrew at Union Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  In Genesis (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) he handles Genesis as a book of beginnings and a foundational sourcebook for biblical theology. The first part of the book is an exegesis of the Hebrew text that highlights the recurrence of key words, phrases, and themes throughout the book. Examining the numerous theological horizons of Genesis dominates the second half of the book.

McKeown’s Genesis provides a solid examination of a scriptural book.  He tackles all of the major issues in Genesis without avoiding super technical issues, but not glossing over the language either.  Overall, an excellent commentary that focuses on the practical implications of Genesis.

Genesis (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)


7) The Book of Genesis (New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series) 1-17



Top Genesis Commentaries // #7

A writer who is both scholarly and easy to read, Victor Hamilton pens The Book of Genesis 1-17 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 Genesis (New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series) 1-17


8) Genesis: A Commentary


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Genesis: A Commentary explores the first book of the Bible as “theological literature.”  It is written by Bruce K. Waltke, PhD  – a Harvard Divinity School graduate acknowledged to be one of the outstanding contemporary Old Testament scholars – and  Cathi Fredricks – an executive assistant at the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in London.


Their landmark commentary is a work of the heart that helps us not only to understand deeply God’s Word in its context, but also to consider how it applies in today’s world.  If you’re looking for just one commentary on Genesis, this is one to seriously consider.  It’s readable (but deep) and does a great job connecting Genesis with the rest of the Bible and the world today.

Genesis: A Commentary


9) Genesis (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)

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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Genesis by Derek Kidner. Kidner is a professor and pastor who studied at Cambridge University.  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.

Genesis (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)


10) Genesis (New International Biblical Commentary. Old Testament Series, 1)


Top Genesis Commentaries // #10

Written by John E. Hartley – a Professor of Old Testament and Chairperson of Biblical Studies at the C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University – the Genesis commentary for the New International Biblical Commentary is long enough to avoid being superficial, but short enough to make it palatable.  For those wishing for further discussion than is found in the discussion of the text, there areAdditional 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.

Genesis (New International Biblical Commentary. Old Testament Series, 1)


11) JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis


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Dr. Nahum M. Sarna pens the Genesis 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 exellent addition to anyone doing an open study of Genesis.

JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis



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