Building A Theological Library: The Writings

February 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Last week, we looked at my commentary recommendations on the Latter Prophets. Today, we’ll move on to the Writings, which is essentially the wisdom literature plus what didn’t fit in the prophets. If you’re keeping score, that means we’re looking at not only Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon (the wisdom literature), but also Ruth, Esther, Lamentations, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles

Just to reiterate, these are my preferences and what make up my library. There are definitely some great resources I’ve overlooked. What I’m trying to do here is give you what I typically look for, and in the case of individual books, what I think is the best 2 commentaries for a pastor to have on each (because I think you should have at least 2) and what is the best single commentary for the interested reader to pick up (who is maybe not a pastor). What I’m listing here is a) what commentaries I currently have and b) what commentaries I’m still tracking down (gradually and systematically).

The commentaries in bold are the ones I think are your best bet if you’re just going to get one.

Here’s our overview again:




Song of Solomon









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