Suggested Commentary Tags

In video #15 I recommend that you tag all your commentaries in at least three categories. If you’re not yet familiar with all your commentaries, you may find this list of suggested categories and their descriptions helpful:

  • Technical Commentaries — Typically, technical commentaries will be detailed, fairly academic, and emphasise aspects of language and grammar (often using untransliterated Greek and Hebrew). They’ll frequently discuss several possible interpretations of a passage, weighing the different views. They’ll concentrate almost exclusively on what the text would have meant to the original readers, and won’t be concerned about contemporary application.
  • Intermediate Commentaries — Typically, intermediate commentaries will discuss the meaning of the Bible text, in a serious but not overly-academic way. If they discuss Greek and Hebrew words, those words will be transliterated, and there will be little grammatical analysis. They may acknowledge different interpretations of a passage, but probably only in footnotes. There may be some application for the contemporary church, but that won’t be a main emphasis.
  • Expository Commentaries — Typically, expository commentaries will discuss the meaning of the Bible text at a fairly simple level. They’ll be simple to read, with plenty of application and illustrations — a bit like a printed sermon. They’ll be hardly any footnotes, and hardly any Greek and Hebrew (which would be transliterated, if used at all).
  • Historical Commentaries — Historical Commentaries are commentaries written in the medieval period, or earlier. Exegetical methods have changed significantly since then, but they give valuable insights into how the Bible has been interpreted in Church History.
  • Background Commentaries — Background Commentaries don’t commentate on the overall meaning of a passage, but provide insights from the historical and cultural background wherever that’s appropriate.

The list below includes every commentary that is part of a base package in Logos 4 or Logos 5 (including Verbum), and nearly all of the add-on commentary sets that are currently available, except for Logos’ Classic Commentaries On… sets. These sets are very varied, so I can’t suggest a tag for the whole set, and because there are several hundred volumes across these sets, I’m not able to suggest tags for individual volumes. Each volume really needs to be evaluated individually — you could do this when you first study a particular Bible passage, or you could tag simply tag them as ‘classic’.

Books that have a ‘Series’ entry in your library are listed by series, books that aren’t in a series are listed separately.

Commentaries in a series

Africa Bible Commentary Series (included in Zondervan Commentaries Collection) expository
Anchor Yale Bible technical
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture historical
Ariel’s Bible Commentary intermediate
Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament intermediate
Baker Commentary on the Old Testament (Wisdom and Psalms) intermediate
Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (more volumes on prepub) technical
Baker New Testament Commentary intermediate
Barnes’ Notes on the Old and New Testaments expository
Baylor Handbook technical
Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry intermediate
Believers’ Church Bible Commentary (some additional volumes also available) intermediate
Bible Lessons International intermediate
The Bible Speaks Today intermediate
Biblical Theology of the New Testament technical
Black’s New Testament Commentary intermediate
Boice’s Expositional Commentary expository
Brazos Theological Commentary intermediate
Calvin’s Commentary intermediate
The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges intermediate
Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges technical
Catena Aurea historical
Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture intermediate
Charles Ellicott Commentary technical
Charles Hodge Commentary intermediate
Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament technical
College Press NIV Commentary (available in OT and NT collections) intermediate
A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica background
Commentary on the Psalms from Primitive and Mediæval Writers historical
Concordia Commentary technical
Continental Commentary technical
Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (additional volumes also available) intermediate
Crossway Classic Commentaries intermediate or expository
Daily Study Bible expository
Eadie’s Commentaries technical
The commentaries in the Early Church Fathers (Protestant and Catholic editions) historical
Eerdmans Critical Commentary technical
Eerdmans Wesleyan Bible Commentary intermediate
The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms expository
EP Study Commentary intermediate
Evangelical Exegetical Commentary technical
Everyman’s Bible Commentary intermediate
Exegetical Summaries technical
Exploring the Bible expository
Exploring the Old Testament intermediate
An Exposition of Ephesians (Lloyd-Jones) expository
An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Owen) intermediate
Expositor’s Bible Commentary intermediate
Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition intermediate
The Expositor’s Greek Testament technical
Feasting on the Word intermediate
Focus on the Bible Commentary (additional volumes) intermediate
Following God Workbooks expository
For Everyone Bible Study Guides (included in the N.T. Wright Collection) expository
Forms of the Old Testament Literature technical
The Gospel According to the Old Testament expository
Godet Commentary Collection intermediate
The Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide intermediate
H. C. Leupold Commentary Collection intermediate
Henry Cowles Commentary Series intermediate
Hermeneia (available in OT and NT collections) technical
High Definition Commentary Series expository
Holman New Testament Commentary expository
Horae Homileticae expository
International Critical Commentary technical
International Theological Commentary intermediate
Interpretation Commentary intermediate
IVP Bible Background Commentary (included in The Essential IVP Reference Collection) background
IVP New Testament Commentary intermediate
J. C. Ryle Collection expository
JPS Tanakh Commentary technical
Lange’s Commentary technical
The Lectionary Commentary expository
Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament intermediate
Letters and Homilies (included in IVP New Testament Studies Collection) technical
Life Application Commentary expository
Logion Press Commentary (part of The Pentecostal Collection) intermediate
The Lutheran Commentary intermediate
Luther’s Works intermediate
MacArthur New Testament Commentary expository
MacEvilly New Testament Commentaries intermediate
Mentor Old Testament Commentary technical
Minor Prophets Exegetical Commentary technical
The Navarre Bible (OT and NT) intermediate
New American Commentary intermediate
New Covenant Commentary intermediate
New Daily Study Bible expository
New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament (some additional volumes also available) technical
New International Greek Testament Commentary technical
NIV Application Commentary (NT and OT Prophets collections available) intermediate
Old Testament for Everyone expository
Old Testament Survey Series intermediate
Opening Up Commentary (more volumes available) expository
Opening the Scriptures expository
Orthodox Bible Study Companion expository
Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament technical
The People’s Bible intermediate
Pillar New Testament Commentary technical
A Popular Commentary on the New Testament expository
Preacher’s Commentary intermediate
Preaching the Word expository
Pulpit Commentary intermediate
R. C. Sproul Exposition expository
Reading the New Testament intermediate
Reformed Expository Commentary expository
Romans: Donald Grey Barnhouse expository
Roy Gingrich’s Commentaries in Outline Form expository
Sacra Pagina New Testament Commentary Series intermediate
Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary intermediate
Sheffield Bible Guides intermediate
Social Science Commentaries (included in the Fortress Press Paul Collection) intermediate
Standard Bible Studies expository
Standard Reference Library Through-the-Bible Commentary (also OT and NT collections) intermediate
Story of God Bible Commentary intermediate
Studies in the Book of Acts (included in Selected Works of Martyn Lloyd-Jones) expository
Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series technical
Summarized Bible expository
Swindoll’s New Testament Insights (included in Zondervan Commentaries Collection) expository
Synopsis of the Books of the Bible expository
Teach the Bible (more volumes available) expository
Teach the Text expository
The Two Horizons Commentary Series intermediate
Treasury of David expository
Tyndale Commentaries intermediate
Understanding the Bible (was called the New International Biblical Commentary) OT and NT intermediate
United Bible Societies’ Handbooks (OT and NT collections) intermediate
Welwyn Commentary Series (more volumes) expository
Wesley’s Explanatory Notes upon the Old and New Testaments intermediate
Wesleyan Bible Commentary (aka A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition) intermediate
Westminster Bible Companion intermediate
Wiersbe’s “Be” Series expository
Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines (OT and NT) expository
Word Biblical Commentary technical
Works of H.A. Ironside expository
Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (included in Zondervan Commentaries Collection) technical
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (OT and NT) background

Individual commentaries

Each of the books in the Handbook of the Old Testament Series intermediate
Each of the commentaries from the A. W. Pink Collection expository
Each of the commentaries from the Gaebelein Selected Works/a> series expository
Each of the commentaries by Oswald Chambers expository
Each of the books tagged as commentaries by Arnold Fruchtenbaum expository
Each of the books in An Exposition of Prayer in the Bible expository
Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians (Carson) expository
Bible History: Old Testament (Edersheim) intermediate
The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Brown) – included in the Raymond E. Brown Collection technical
The Book of Isaiah (Young) technical
Cohesion and Structure in the Pastoral Epistles (Van Neste) technical
Commentary on the Apocrypha of the Old Testament (Charles) – included in The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament in English technical
Commentary on the Book of Genesis/Commentary on the Book of Exodus (Cassuto) technical
Commentary on the Old Testament (Keil & Delitzsch) intermediate
Cosmic Battle and Political Conflict: Studies in Verbal Syntax and Contextual Interpretation of Daniel 8 (Gzella) technical
Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis (Ross) intermediate
The Cross and Christian Ministry (Carson) – part of the Select Words of D. A. Carson expository
The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants (Bailey) – part of the IVP Jesus Studies Collection intermediate
The Death of the Messiah, Volumes 1 & 2: From Gethsemane to the Grave: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels (Brown) – included in the Raymond E. Brown Collection technical
The Discipline of Mercy (Kress) intermediate
Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey (Moo) – included in Baker Encountering the Bible Collection intermediate
The Epistle to the Ephesians: A Commentary (Schnackenburg) technical
The Epistle to the Romans (Moule) intermediate
An Exegetical Commentary: Revelation (Thomas) technical
Expositions of Holy Scripture (MacLaren) expository
Ezekiel’s Prophecy on Tyre (Ez. 26:1–28:19): A New Approach (van Dijk) technical
Faith that Endures: A Practical Commentary on the Book of Hebrews (Pentecost) expository
The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus: An Exposition of John 14–17 (Carson) – part of the Select Words of D. A. Carson expository
First Corinthians: An Exegetical-Pastoral Commentary (Shogren) intermediate
Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels (Strauss) – included in Zondervan Old and New Testament Introductions intermediate
From Eden to Egypt: Exploring the Genesis Themes (Williams) expository
Genesis: A commentary (Waltke) – included in Zondervan Commentaries Collection technical
The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings (Morris) expository
God in Everyday Life: The Book of Ruth for Expositors and Biblical Counselors (Brandt) expository
The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Bruner) – part of Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection technical
Gospel According to St John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text. (Barrett) – part of Select Works of C. K. Barrett (7 vols.) technical
The Greek Testament (Alford) technical
Has God Not Chosen the Poor?: The Social Setting of the Epistle of James (Edgar) background
Invitation to the Apocrypha (Harrington) intermediate
The Jewish New Testament Commentary (Stern) intermediate
The Letter to the Galatians (Levy) — part of Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection historical
The Life of Christ: A Study Guide to the Gospel Record (Mills) intermediate
Luther’s Commentary On Galatians (Luther) intermediate
Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament (Hays) intermediate
A Model of Christian Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10–13 (Carson) – part of the Select Words of D. A. Carson expository
The New Manners and Customs of the Bible background
New Testament Background Commentary: A New Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Situations in Bible Order (Mare) background
Notes for the Study and Exposition of 1st John (Kress) expository
Old Testament Theology (House) intermediate
Open Door on John (McFadyen) expository
Open Door on Mark (McFadyen) expository
A Passion for God (Ortlund) expository
The Pastoral Epistles for Pastors (Kitchen) intermediate
Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary (Hultgren) – part of Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection technical
The Political Paul: Justice, Democracy and Kingship in a Hellenistic Framework (Blumenfeld) background
Preaching Mark (Thurston) intermediate
The Prophecy of Isaiah (Motyer) technical
The Prophets as Preachers: An Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets (Smith) intermediate
The Psalms: A Historical and Spiritual Commentary with an Introduction and Translation (Eaton) – included in Psalms: A Commentary and its New Testament Relevance intermediate
Romans Unlocked: Power to Deliver (Lopez) intermediate
Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14 (Carson) intermediate
A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament (Omanson) technical
The Torah Story: An Apprenticeship on the Pentateuch (Schnittjer) – included in Zondervan Old and New Testament Introductions intermediate
The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse intermediate
Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament (Wuest) intermediate

12 Responses to Suggested Commentary Tags

  1. Chad M. Carpenter says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your insights on Logos Bible Software! I’ve advanced considerably in organizing my library since viewing your videos and following your suggested commentary tags.

    Would you be willing to add your tag classifications for single-volume commentaries to the list? I currently have several that I’d love to know the tag choice you use (examples include – Bible Guide, Bible History: OT, Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Bible Commentary, Word Pictures, Wuest’s Word Studies, etc.). If any further guidance on tagging commentaries could be provided, it would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Jack Caviness says:

    Thanks for these lists. You seem to have overlooked the Crossway Classic Commentary series

  3. Mark Barnes says:

    Chad: Sorry for the delay in replying. I will add single volume commentaries to the list. Most will be ‘intermediate’, though some (like Matthew Henry) would be ‘expository’.

    Jack: I don’t own the Crossway Classic Commentary set, and no previews are available on Logos’ website. But most of the volumes are available in other Logos products (though the Crossway editions have been edited for simplicity) so I think I’m familiar enough with the volumes to say that it’s a tricky set to classify. Spurgeon on Psalms, and Ryle on Matthew I’m sure would be expository, whilst Calvin on John, or Hodge on 1 Corinthians I would class as intermediate – unless the editing process has so simplified them that they too could be classed as expository. What do you think?

    • Chad M. Carpenter says:

      Great! Thanks for the time and effort you’ve put into this helpful list along with all the videos. Your tutorials have made Logos much more useful for me and I’ve let other Logos users know about this site.

  4. Craig Heberle says:

    Mark, thanks for all your hard work! Thank the Lord that you even had some of the resources that I acutally own! LOL! I have a huge “wish list” going now. :-)

    I assume that some of the other works of Alfred Edersheim (The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, etc.) would be included in the “Background Commentaries” or I guess I could have a “Historical Commentaries” collection to capture things like Philip Schaff’s “History of the Christian Church.”

    Do you actually own all of those volumes or do you have your own “wish list” going? LOL!


    Yours in him,

    • Mark Barnes says:

      Hi Craig,
      I’ve only listed works which are actual commentaries on the Biblical text (listed in your Logos library with the ‘Type’ set to Commentary). Life and Times and History of the Christian Chuch are not commentaries in that sense, so I haven’t included them. When building my Logos library over the last ten years or so, I have concentrated on commentaries, so I’m fortunate to own about 90% of the commentaries listed here.

  5. Bethany says:

    Hi Mark, great stuff, thank you. When you do a custom passage guide, do you find it helpful to split the commentaries into sections by their tags? (eg. 3 commentary sections: Intermediate, Expository and Background).

    • Mark Barnes says:

      Yes, Bethany, that’s exactly what I do. I find it extremely helpful because I tend to consult different types of commentaries at different points in my preparation.


  6. Mark,

    Thank you so much for putting this list together. Once “my tags” start syncing with the mobile app this will make downloading and searching of for books in my library so much faster.

  7. William M K Yin says:

    Yea, thank you God for this. Really helped. Thanks to the writer as well.

  8. Albert Cooper says:

    How do I spilt my commentaries in my passage guide eg. technical, Intermediate, Expository, Backgroung

    • Karl says:

      First you need to created a new Guide Template
      Then add four “Commentaries” sections
      Then edit the settings for each section to limit it to each of the kinds of commentary

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