In order to assist alumni in their expository ministries, Southern Seminary professors were asked to make commentary recommendations. Below are faculty suggestions categorized by books of the Bible.


Gordon Wenham, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament

  • Barry Joslin: While it is a more academic series, Wenham includes great application sections on “Leviticus and the Christian.” There is also a great part of the introduction that deals with Leviticus and Christian theology that helps the non-scholar apply it in a new covenant context.



Edward Young, The Book of Isaiah (3 Volumes)

  • Russell Fuller



Edward Young, The Prophecy of Daniel: A Commentary

  • Russell Fuller



Al Wolters, Historical Commentary of the Old Testament

  • Peter Gentry



D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

  • Don Whitney: It’s a homiletical commentary, but I’ve had a great many pastors tell me it’s the single-most helpful commentary for sermon preparation they’ve ever used. I’ve likewise found it invaluable when preaching or teaching on Matthew 5-7.



Robert Stein, The New American Commentary

  • A master teacher, preeminent Synoptics scholar and hermeneutics professor writes an easy to access commentary on Luke. A tremendously helpful feature is the ending of each unit of material with a section called “The Lukan Message,” in which he clarifies and summarizes the author’s intention and how it fits into the overall narrative. My wife loved it when she taught through Luke at church.



Donald G. Barnhouse, Romans: Expositions of Bible Doctrines (2 Volumes)

  • Brian Richardson


1 & 2 Thessalonians

Gregory K. Beale, The IVP New Testament Commentary Series

  • Tom Schreiner: This volume is the best non-technical commentary for pastors



Peter O’Brien, The Pillar New Testament Commentary Series

  • Tom Schreiner: This is an outstanding and perceptive commentary, one of the best for pastors.
  • Barry Joslin: Comprehensive and a great balance between academic and theological. Truly digs into the text but is very appropriate for all who want serious study whether they are good at Greek or not.


William Lane, Word Biblical Commentary (2 Volumes)

  • Barry Joslin: It has been heralded as “majestic” and it truly is. Academic, though a tremendous asset if one at least has a modicum of Greek training. The WBC format can be frustrating with its parenthetical notations that are often lengthy, but this commentary is a must have for anyone serious about preaching and teaching Hebrews.


Philip E. Hughes, A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews

  • Barry Joslin: Really focused on the theology of the text as well as history of interpretation. A wonderful complement to the Schreiner and O’Brien commentaries.



Douglas Moo, The Pillar New Testament Commentary Series

  • Tom Schreiner: Moo’s work is a careful interpretation with attention to the theology of the letter. The best choice for pastors.


1 Peter

Peter Achteimeir, Hermeneia

  • Tom Schreiner: Here is an outstanding technical interpretation of the letter—the best Greek text commentary in my judgment.