15 Best Zephaniah Commentaries You Must Read First
June 13, 2017

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1) Zephaniah (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #1

Marvin A Sweeney Ph.D. – Professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology – writes about the Book of Zephaniah for Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible.  The Hermeneia commentary offers authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books. The name Hermeneia (which is Greek) means the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. Designed for serious students of the bible, the series gives the student or scholar a full critical discussion of each book and the primary data upon which the discussion is based.

 

2) The Minor Prophets

 

The Minor Prophets
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Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #2

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.

 

3) Twelve Prophets, Volume 2

 

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Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #3

Peter C. Craigie – Professor of Religious Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Humanites, and Academic Vice-President at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada – writes Twelve Prophets, Volume 2 for Westminster John Knox Press.  This book completes his study and offers insightful commentary that illustrates the persistent meaning of this Word through the ages.

 

4) Zephaniah (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

 

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Adele Berlin writes about the Book of Zephaniah 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.

 

5) The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

 

 

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O. Palmer Robertson provides a clear and thorough study of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah in this book 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) The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #6

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.

 

7) Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #7

David Baker – Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH – writes Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary for the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. 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 Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

 

8) Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #8

Dr. Kenneth L. Barker – an author, lecturer, biblical scholar, and the general editor of the NIV Study Bible – writes Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture 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

 

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

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #9

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.

 

10) Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk & Zephaniah: God’s Just Demands

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #10

John L. Mackay – a highly-respected Old Testament scholar – writes Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk & Zephaniah: God’s Just Demands for Focus on the Bible. The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries 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.

 

11) The Minor Prophets (2 Volume Set)

 

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Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #11

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.

 

12) The Coming of the Warrior-King: Zephaniah Simply Explained

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #12

Daniel Webber – Director of the European Missionary Fellowship – presents the easy to understand book The Coming of the Warrior-King: Zephaniah Simply Explained for Welwyn Commentaries.  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.

 

13) Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #13

John L. Mackay – a highly-respected Old Testament scholar – writes Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk & Zephaniah: God’s Just Demands for Focus on the Bible. The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries 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.

 

14) Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah: An Exegetical Commentary

 

 

Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #14

David Baker – Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH – writes Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary for the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. 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 Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.

 

15) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

 

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Top Zephaniah Commentaries // #15

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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