16 Best Zechariah Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Vol. 7: Daniel and the Minor Prophets



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. Frank E. Gaebelein is the lead author of the series’ volume 7 on Daniel and the Minor Prophets.


2) Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 (1984): A Commentary



David L. Petersen – the Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia – explores the books of Haggai and Zechariah in this compelling commentary.

This book is part of the seven volume The Old Testament Library series, which offers powerful commentary, exegesis, and literary insight into some of the most critical writings in the Old Testament.


3) Haggai, Zechariah 1-8 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)



Carol and Eric Meyers write Haggai and Zechariah 1–8, Volume 25B for 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.


4) Zechariah (Reformed Expository Commentary)


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The book of Zechariah records the prophetic message of Zechariah to the community that had returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile and was charged with rebuilding the temple and city. But the physical return was meant to prompt a spiritual and theological return to faith in the Lord.

Zechariah called the people to such a true return and reassured them of the Lord’s willingness to receive them and restore to them the promised blessings. It is a book with an eschatological perspective of special value to Christians today who labor for reformation and long for revival.


5) 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.


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


Three neglected but important prophets receive a fresh and penetrating analysis in this introduction and commentary. For each prophet’s work, Joyce Baldwin first considers the general issues of author, text and message, then offers a passage-by-passage commentary. “Considerable attention has been given in the book to background material, and proper consideration is accorded to the views of those from whom the author differs,” writes reviewer R. K. Harrison. “In expounding the text, Baldwin produces evidence of balanced scholarship and a high degree of spiritual insight.”


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) Building for Gods Glory (Haggai & Zechariah)



Michael Bentley has written several titles in the Welwyn Commentary Series, including volumes on Haggai & Zechariah, Exodus, Philippians and 1 & 2 Timothy. This text is a simple and useful read. 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.


11) Haggai, Zechariah (The NIV Application Commentary)



Mark J. Boda shares perspectives on Haggai and Zechariah that reveal their enduring relevance for our twenty-first-century lives in Haggai, Zechariah for The 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.


12) 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.

13) The Message of Zechariah: Your Kingdom Come



In The Message of Zechariah: Your Kingdom Come, Dr. Barry G. Webb explores the kingdom of God as the prophet Zechariah apprehended it. Dr. Webb is emeritus senior research fellow in Old Testament at Moore Theological College in New South Wales, Australia.  This book 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.


14) Zechariah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture


George Klein writes the compelling and thorough  Zechariah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for the 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.



15) Glory In Our Midst: A Biblical-Theological Reading of Zechariah’s Night Visions



Different in form from the usual verse-by-verse commentary, this biblical-theological study offers scholarly yet fresh solutions suggested for the interpretation of Zechariah.  It is written by Dr. Meredith G. Kline – Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was published by Wipf & Stock Pub in 2001.


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 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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