Recommended Resources: Judges

RRYesterday our church began an 8 week study through the Old Testament book of Joshua. If you’re interested in studying Joshua for yourself here are a few resources I’d recommend:

Bible Dictionary:

Holman Illustrated Bible DictionaryThe Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary is my go-to Bible dictionary (I have 4-5). When studying an ancient book like Judges having a handy reference for terms, cultural practices, and geography is essential.

Brand, Chad, Charles Draper, and Archie England. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville, Tenn.: Holman Bible Publishers, ©2003.



Devotional/Easy Read Commentaries

TOTCIf you could only buy one set of commentaries for the entire Bible, the Tyndale series would be a good choice. There’s nothing flashy here, but they are workhorse entry level commentaries. Straightforward and accessible writing makes these commentaries one of my favorite to recommend to new Bible students.

Cundall, Arthur Ernest, and Leon Morris. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Vol. 7, Judges and Ruth: an Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008.



DRDDale Ralph Davis writes commentaries the way I wish everyone wrote commentaries. Every time I read him I’m amazed at how well he reads the text. This is my highest rated Judges commentary recommendation.

Davis, Dale Ralph. Judges: Such a Great Salvation. Focus On the Bible. Fearn: Christian Focus, 2000.




BSTWritten to be readable, The Bible Speaks Today series offers fantastic scholarship paired with excellent application. At 150 pages, this is the most accessible commentary in the list.

Wilcock, Michael. The Message of Judges: Grace Abounding. The Bible Speaks Today. Leicester, England: InterVarsity Press, ©1992.




Academic Commentaries

NACDaniel Block’s offering of Judges in the New American Commentary series is my favorite of the more academic commentaries. I see it as a bridge between the more accessible paperback and the heavier hitters.

Block, Daniel Isaac. The New American Commentary. Vol. 6, Judges, Ruth. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, ©1999.




NICOTThe New International Commentary on the Old Testament series represents a fine academic commentary. This volume has fantastic material on the background and critical issues surrounding the text of Judges. It’s also one of the most recent commentaries written on Judges so scholarship is current. My favorite aspect about this series is the notes section. If you’re a seminary student you’d be remiss to not follow the notes.

Webb, Barry G. The Book of Judges. The New International Commentary On the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.



NIVACThe most accessible of the more academic commentaries, I love the NIV series. In my reading they tend to emphasize pieces of the text that most other commentaries miss so I always read them before I prepare a sermon or Bible study.

Younger, K Lawson. Judges and Ruth. The Niv Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, ©2002.

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