I love reading the Bible, and I love digging deeper into what smarter people than me have learned about it from their years of study. So I love reading commentaries from pastors and theologians!
A Bible commentary is basically just that - a written explanation and interpretation of Scripture. They are usually by pastors or professors of theology. They are organized by book and chapter of the Bible, making it easy to find the commentary for the passage you are reading in the moment.
There are several places to find Bible commentaries. Many are paid, but some are free! Here are a few of my favorites!
Bible Gateway is a simple online tool where you can read many Bible versions side-by-side, and their free version includes several Bible commentaries! I usually find myself going to Matthew Henry's commentary, but I encourage you to try them all to find the one that resonates with you. You can also download their app for study from your mobile device.
Blue Letter Bible is another amazing online tool that I use almost daily for the lexicon (we'll talk about that in another post). But it includes several commentaries from names you may recognize like Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, and more. And the mobile app is awesome!
I am just getting started with Logos, and WOW. There is a ton of great information there! Since I am still learning my way around it, I hate to give instructions to use it, but if you love geeking out over the Bible like I do, you want to play with this!
This is the only Bible commentary I own in physical book form. It was a gift from my husband last year, and let me tell you, I squealed like a little girl when I opened it! I use it daily in my Bible time. You can find it on Amazon here.
Do you have a commentary you love? Hop over to Instagram and tell me all about it!