The DDT Commentary Directory
^**Gerard Chrispin -
To see how “The Bible Panorama” works with TheWord Bible software, see my TW review here. For a comprehensive review of the content in any format, click here.
This is a double download module. One is a .cmt module, which works just like you would expect, summarizing the entire Bible. It gives a panorama of each book of the Bible, and then it gives a panorama of every chapter in the Bible. The second module is a book (.gbk) focusing on the doctrine of Bibliology: The Doctrine of the Bible. It’s intent is to give a panorama of Bibliology. Both modules are excellent.
^InterVarsity Press Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament TW
^InterVarsity Press Bible Background Commentary: New Testament TW
These are formatted nicely to work with TheWord. The comments are targeted toward those looking for more of an academic explanation of the text. It is cultural and archaeological in nature; it is not expositional nor doctrinal. See how the OT volume works with TW here. And see how the NT volume works with TW here.
I’ve written a comprehensive review of the NT Volume. You can read that here.
**Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Enhanced eS TW
If you like the base module (TSK) already included in the eS/TW installation, you’ll love this enhancement! Thousands of cross references have been added, making this module “indispensabler” to Bible study!
TW Users! Instead of having TSK as a commentary, how about having all of those cross
references inline (right under the Bible verse -
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Inline Cross References -
Various Books From Both Testaments
**Harry A. Ironside -
This particular .cmtx file includes all of Ironside’s public domain commentary texts.
Ironside was a Brethren writer who helped to popularize dispensationalism. This commentary
is not technical with language nor history; but it quite simply -
[TW users should download the official “Ironside” commentary module.]
William Kelly -
This is not the same module as “Kelly’s Introductory Lectures on the New Testament”.
This is a more in depth commentary on the New Testament, and also includes some select
books of the Old Testament (Leviticus, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra-
^Edgar Pierce -
Brother Pierce is a Southern Baptist pastor. This commentary is his “expose-
Hamilton Smith -
Brief comments on 24 books of the Bible. For a biographical note, click here. This is not the same as his collected writings. This is his expositional notes only in commentary format. It includes some of the material from the official TW module.
**Ray Stedman Commentary On Selected Books of the Bible eS
My only complaint about this commentary? Stedman didn’t get an opportunity to write
about the entire Bible before his graduation day! These sermons are beautifully manuscripted,
illustrated, and applied. They are simply great examples of first class expository
preaching. They will be very helpful to every expositor -
New Testament Commentaries
William Kelly -
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 -
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.)
Commentary Sets on the Entire Bible
^**Thomas L. Constable -
This is an excellent, conservative, paragraph-
From his website -
^**Albert Barnes -
This module is available as an eSword module from Rick. eSword users should just use the Download menu from inside the program.
^**Adam Clarke -
Written from a conservative Methodist prospective. (Most modern day Methodists should read this to rediscover their conservative theology.) An excellent overall presentation.
eSword users should use the “download” menu from within eSword to download this module.
^**“Matthew Poole’s Concise Commentary On The Bible” (3 Volumes) eS
Don’t be fooled by the title! This is a complete commentary on the entire Bible (3,000+ pages in small print). In our modern understanding, this commentary is not “concise!” Here is what Spurgeon said (in part) of this commentary:
The three volumes, tolerably cheap, and easily to be got at, are necessaries for your libraries. On the whole, if I must have only one commentary, and had read Matthew Henry as I have, I do not know but what I should choose Poole. He is a very prudent and judicious commentator; and one of the few who could honestly say, "We have not willingly balked any obvious difficulty, and have designed a just satisfaction to all our readers; and if any knot remains yet untied, we have told our readers what hath been most probably said for their satisfaction in the untying of it." Poole is not so pithy and witty by far as Matthew Henry, but he is perhaps more accurate, less a commentator, and more an expositor.
Isn’t that what you want in a commentary?!
^**Chuck Smith Through the Bible 2000 TW
Smith is the founder of the “Calvary Chapel” movement. The theological perspective and content of this commentary is similar to the above David Guzik commentary. Guzik is briefer, and utilizes an outline format; Smith is a little fuller, and writes in paragraph format. Both commentaries allow you to see a chapter of text at a time.
The modules listed at DDT are “the cream of the crop” of modules available for eSword and theWord. You’ll find these Bible study modules will rightly exposit God’s Word and build your faith. Modules marked with ** are outstanding, and should be used by all students of God’s Word. Some of the modules listed also include notes about their theology. I hope that will be helpful in choosing what (and what not...) to download.
Modules marked with ^ are offsite links to files not made by our “Merry Little Band” of module builders. The editing, formatting, and general Quality Control may not be the best, but the content of the modules themselves will be rather excellent. We’re quite pleased to be able to link to these files for your convenience. Membership may be required to download these modules, but membership will be free and well worth having a free account. No credit card required, by the way.
Modules listed in green are “premium” or “pay” modules. They are listed here because 1) I think they are of considerable value; and 2) your purchase of them through DDT gives us a small commission to offset site expenses. If you’d like to help us with a small gift, buy these premium modules through us, and it won’t cost you any extra.
The WORD -
Modules that are on this page, except as noted, are in the commentary format (eSword’s format is *.cmtx; and TheWord’s format is *.cmt.twm). That means that verses, passages, or chapters of the Bible are linked to the commentary text. If you click on Rom 3:23 in the Bible window, then the commentary window will also move to Rom 3:23 (if a comment exists).
There are some modules built in the commentary format that only cover one book, or a section of the Bible (Pentateuch, Pauline Epistles, etc.). Those smaller commentary modules will be found on the OT Studies and NT Studies pages respectively.
With a 21” widescreen monitor, you can have both your Bible software and your word processor open and viewable at 100%. Nice!