This is a technical commentary on the Greek of the New Testament. Knowledge of the
Greek language will help greatly with the readability of this commentary, but it
should still be fairly usable for those with no knowledge of the Greek. MacArthur
gives this module an asterisk on his “850 Books For Biblical Expositor’s” list. Divided
verse by verse - an absolutely excellent resource.
ALSO: For those who enjoy Alford and use him intensively, you may be interested in
downloading his Greek text of the NT. I don’t think it is necessary at all (and don’t
use it); but there may be some who would enjoy having his Greek text available while
studying his commentary notes.
^Alford’s Greek NT Bible Translation w/o Strong #s eS
^Alford’s Greek NT Bible Translation w/ Strong #s eSTW (The TW Strong #s toggles
^**William Barclay - “Daily Study Bible” NT Commentary (17 Volumes) eSTW
This NT commentary set is excellent -if you can get past his poor theology. What
do I mean? His grasp of history is phenomenal. His discussion of the background of
every NT passage is absolutely filled with interesting and applicable information.
His use of Greek is also excellent, yet judicious. There is no need to know any Greek/Hebrew
to understand his comments. Reading this commentary can help to unlock the literal,
historical, grammatical meaning of the text. However, his theology is - at best -
inconsistent, and occasionally downright heretical. You can read this review of his
theology if you’re interested. BOTTOM LINE: this is an excellent historical-grammatical
commentary; just skip his theological comments.
^**Johann Albrecht Bengel - “Gnomon of the New Testament” eSTW
Bengel’s Gnomon (which simply means “Index”) goes phrase by phrase through the NT
explaining the Greek words. A working knowledge of the Greek language is helpful,
but certainly not necessary, to profit from this commentary. Divided verse by verse
- an absolutely excellent resource. In “Commenting and Commentaries,” Spurgeon wrote
of this set:
Ever since the year in which it was first published, A. D. 1742, up to the present
time, it has been growing in estimation, and has been more and more widely circulated
among the scholars of all countries. Though modern criticism has furnished many valuable
additions to our materials for New Testament exegesis, yet in some respects, Bengel
stands out still 'facile princeps' among all who have labored, or who as yet labor
in that important field. He is unrivalled in felicitous brevity, combined with what
seldom accompanies that excellence, namely, perspicuity. Terse, weighty, and suggestive,
he often, as a modern writer observes, 'condenses more matter into a line, than can
be extracted from pages of other writers.'"
^William Burkitt - “Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the NT”
(2 vols) eSTW
This two volume NT commentary was the inspiration for Matthew Henry’s work. Wow.
^**Cambridge Greek Testament For Schools & Colleges (NT Only) (21 Volumes) eSTW
While somewhat dated (and somewhat liberal...), the exegetical material contained
in these volumes will still be helpful to the expositor. These volumes are Greek
intensive. Knowledge of the Greek, while not required, is probably necessary. TW
users should try it out in the Greek exegesis layout.
^**International Critical Commentary New Testament eSTW
This is the older set, which is now in the public domain. While it often comes from
“left field” (ie, liberal), some of it’s research can still be helpful. I don’t typically
promote modules with a decidedly liberal bent. But this one excels academically,
and is still referred to in academic circles. This module fits with users attempting
to build a seminary quality library. Sunday School teachers and other disciples of
Christ may safely bypass this module.
William Kelly - “Kelly's Introductory Lectures on the New Testament” (3
The file name is “Kelly Introductory NT Lectures.cmtx”. The tab name is “Kelly Intro”.
NOTE: This is not the same module as William Kelly’s Commentary.
^John Lightfoot - “Commentary of the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica”
(4 Volumes) eSTW
This module comments on the Gospels only. Previous editions of this module has an
“i” in every verse. This edition has the Information mark only in the verses with
comments. (Make sure you delete previous versions prior to installing this one.)
^**Heinrich Meyer - “Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the NT” (20 Vols.)
This is an excellent, Greek intensive NT commentary. Divided verse by verse - an
absolutely excellent resource. MacArthur includes this set on his “850 Books For
Biblical Expositor’s” list - no mean feat, as MacArthur has a bias for contemporary
One of the most excellent NT commentary sets ever written - and one of my favorites.
This commentary is a Greek intensive resource; a working knowledge of the Greek language
is almost a necessity to profit from this set (but give it a try even if you don’t
know any Greek - except for the guy who runs the deli downtown...). Divided verse
by verse - an absolutely excellent resource. John MacArthur has this particular set
asterisked on his “850 Books For Biblical Expositor’s” list. Yep - one of the best
^**Philip Schaff - “A Popular Commentary on the New Testament” (4 Vols) eSTW
Eclectic. While Schaff is much more famous for his Church History set, he was also
involved with bringing the massive Lange’s to the English world. While Lange’s is
designed for the scholar, Schaff’s Popular Commentary on the New Testament is designed
for the laymen. Users will find it similar in layout to Barnes and Clarke. This is
a nice edition to the library.
^Thomas Scott - “Explanatory Notes with Practical Observations on the N.T
& the Book of Psalms” TW
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