Which Expositor’s Commentary is Right for Me?

Posted by on 06/05/2017 in:

If you’re looking for a great Bible commentary you may have noticed a couple resources in the Olive Tree store that have similar names:

While price may often be the biggest influence on whether you’d like to add them to your study library, the most important question is, ‘What’s the difference between them?’

Here are few things that may help you in your decision.


Both commentary sets have a strong evangelical influence while at the same time drawing from a broad diversity of churches, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed.

The original Expositor’s Bible Commentary was compiled between the years of 1976-1992 with 50 different authors contributing.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised Series is a 2012 update to the original that includes the work of 56 different authors – 30 of whom are new.


The original and the revised editions include the following content:

  • Comprehensive introductions
  • Short and precise bibliographies
  • Detailed outlines
  • Insightful expositions of passages and verses
  • Overviews of sections of Scripture to illuminate the big picture
  • Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues
  • Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the texts in question
  • Transliterations and translations of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes

Both sets use the New International Version for its English text, but also refer freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. They also include a balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion.

Olive Tree Bible App

In the Olive Tree Bible App all of this content is easily accessed in the Resource Guide found in the split window. No matter which commentary you are using they both follow along with the scripture in your main window to give you easy access to expositional commentary, charts, outlines and more.

Each number indicates relevant entries for the passage

Notes are just a tap away

Charts and outlines are easy to use

Both of these great commentary series are on sale right now. Click the links below to see them.


  • Dan Francis says:

    The original EBC offers some great commentaries on the entire Bible having used it since 1994 I can say it has weaker and stronger points. But its weak points still offer great insight. It is true that the revised version is an improvement. But a lot of what was removed from the original edition I find I miss. If you can get this set on sale it is well worth having. The voices that are here that have been replaced in the EBCR are still valuable and worth hearing. The introductory articles in Volume 1 are very good and well worth reading.

  • Robert Winters says:

    I look for a commentary that fits the general theological position that is supportive of my doctrinal persuasion, this gives me a starting point I then branch out into other positions. Usually the best sources are not found in commentary sets. I will identify authors that stand out in at least one of his publications. An example for historical prophetic interpretation is John Walvoord, and his work on the book of Daniel, which sets the standard on interpretation of Daniel both historically and prophetically. There are other authors that are helpful and some that have little redeeming value but they often have at least one helpful insight but I have a standard by which to measure them. If I am researching the Holy Spirit I will turn to Wesleyan writers or sometimes Charismatic writers, not all are dependable but they usually have more insights on the Holy Spirit, Sanctification, or how to interpret experience, not all are accurate, but is usually better than writers in some other doctrinal persuasions.

  • Allan says:

    Interesting read. I would love to get more of this.

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