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Religion: Bible Commentaries

This guide provides access to recommended research resources for religion

What is a commentary?

A commentary is generally a verse-by-verse analysis and discussion of one or more books of the Bible, or possibly a portion of a book of the Bible. It generally includes an introductory section as well.

Selected Commentary Series

Commentaries (Ebooks)

The electronic availability of Bible commentaries varies widely by publisher, series, and publication year. Here are a few commentary series that can be accessed electronically via Pepperdine Libraries:

Many volumes from the following series are available on ProQuest Ebook Central, and can be found through the Library catalog or by searching ProQuest Ebook Central:

  • Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries
  • Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Old Testament
  • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
  • Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox)
  • New Testament Library (Westminster John Knox)
  • New Collegeville Bible Commentary : New Testament
  • Old Testament Library (WJK)
  • Paideia New Testament
  • Reformation Commentary on Scripture
  • The Anchor Bible
  • The Bible Speaks Today: Old Testament Series
  • The Two Horizons Old Testament commentary (Eerdmans)
  • Tyndale Old Testament commentaries
  • Word Biblical Commentary (Zondervan)

How to Search for Commentaries

To find commentaries on a specific book of the Bible, go the advanced search page of Pepperdine's library catalog: Choose "subject" from the drop-down menu and enter these search terms, substituting the name of the book you need:

Bible Commentaries Genesis

Pepperdine has both print and online commentaries.