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   ^**Henry Alford - “Alford’s Greek Testament” (4 Volumes) eS TW


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 eS TW (The TW Strong #s toggles on/off)


   ^**William Barclay - “Daily Study Bible” NT Commentary (17 Volumes) eS TW


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” eS TW


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) eS TW


This two volume NT commentary was the inspiration for Matthew Henry’s work. Wow.


   ^**Cambridge Greek Testament For Schools & Colleges (NT Only) (21 Volumes) eS TW


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.


       ^J.N. Darby - Synopsis of the New Testament eS TW


Chapter by chapter comments.


   ^**International Critical Commentary New Testament eS TW


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 Volumes) eS TW


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) eS TW


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.) eS TW


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 works.


   ^**William Robertson Nicoll - “Expositor’s Greek New Testament” (5 Volumes) eS TW


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 ever written!


   ^**Philip Schaff - “A Popular Commentary on the New Testament” (4 Vols) eS TW


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







We consider all of the modules listed at DDT to be “the cream of the crop.” 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.


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NOTE THIS: we have a ton of great commentary modules that are not in the .cmt/.cmtx format. You’ll have to access them through the TheWord’s “.gbk” book views or through the eSword “Reference Library” viewer. The content of these single volume works is excellent. Browse the titles and authors and see what I mean about the excellence of these works.


Excellent Reference resources in .topx/.gbk format

Single/Multi Volume OT Commentaries in .topx/.gbk format

Single/Multi Volume NT Commentaries in .topx/.gbk format

The Best of Doctrinal Materials in .topx/.gbk format


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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.


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New Testament Commentaries