Teaching and Preaching on Other Books of the Bible

On this page, you can find recommendations for commentaries and other valuable resources to draw upon in teaching and preaching various books of the Bible.

Please note that at times I disagree with specific arguments even from scholars whom I generally respect and with whom I generally agree. For instance, I highly recommend Mark Allan Powell’s introductory textbook Introducing the New Testament (listed below); however, I believe Powell unhelpfully downplays the sexism inherent in portions of the New Testament Pastorals. Relatedly, when it comes to the vast nature of entire commentary series, I am not vouching for every claim made by every contributor but recommending these particular series as generally useful and accessible to a wide audience.

One-Volume Commentaries

Blount, Brian, Cain Hope Felder, Clarice J. Martin, Emerson B. Powery, eds. True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary. Fortress, 2007.

Guest, Deryn, Robert E Goss, Mona West, and Thomas Bohache. The Queer Bible Commentary. London: SCM, 2015. 

Melcher, Sarah J., Mikeal C. Parsons, and Amos Yong. The Bible and Disability: A Commentary. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2017.

Newsom, Carol A. and Sharon H. Ringe, eds. The Women’s Bible Commentary. Revised and Updated Third Edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012.

Multi-Volume Commentary Series

The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Nashville: Abingdon.

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

Other Bible Study Resources

Powell, Mark Allan. Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey. Grand Rapids, MI: BakerAcademic, Second Edition, 2018.

New Revised Standard Version Study Bible such as the HarperCollins Study Bible or the New Interpreters Study Bible.

Levine, A. J., and Mark Zvi Brettler, The Jewish Annotated New Testament. 2011. Great study notes, commentary and essays along with the NRSV text.

Whitaker, Richard and John Kohlenberger, The Analytical Concordance to the New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament.

Resources for Studying the Gospels and Acts

Throckmorton, Jr., Burton H., ed. Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels. Fifth Edition. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1992. 

Allen, O. Wesley. Reading the Synoptic Gospels (Revised and Expanded): Basic Methods for Interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  Chalice, 2013.

Skinner, Matthew. Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts. Brazos, 2015. 

Rhoads, David, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie, Mark As Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. Fortress, 2012.

Resources on the New Testament Letters/Epistles


Bartlett, David A. Romans. Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.

Gaventa, Beverly. When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel according to Paul. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016.

Grieb, A. Katherine. The Story of Romans. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.

Jewett, Robert. Romans: A Short Commentary. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.