Exodus: A Book/Commentary List

I’ve been preaching through Exodus the last six months or so, and have found the following commentaries and books to be helpful, each in its own way.  The first part is the commentary list, the second is a list of books that contain parts of Exodus themes.  Note: I’ve printed out and used hundreds (literally!) of articles from CBQ, JETS, JSOT, etc., but for obvious reasons I’m not going to list them.  It is, however, more helpful at times to refer to specific journal articles than the commentaries.  Just for fun, I did the “star” rating (5 being tops).

An Exodus Book List (in no specific order)

Brevard Childs, The Book of Exodus in the OTL series. *****

Nahum Sarna, Exodus in the JPS Torah series (Jewish Publication Society) *****

Peter Enns, Exodus, in the NIV Application Commentary Series *****

Terrence Fretheim, Exodus in the Interpretation series ***

John Calvin, Harmony of the Books of Moses ***

Nancy Ganz, Herein is Love – a children’s commentary on the book of Exodus ***

Phil Ryken, Exodus in the Preaching the Word series *****

Walter Kaiser, Exodus, in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary ***

Selections from the following books: (again, in no specific order)

Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology *****

Peter Enns, Inspiration and Incarnation*****

Meredith Kline, Kingdom Prologue and God, Heaven, and Har-Magedon *****

Tremper Longman, Immanuel in Our Place in The Gospel According to the OT series ****

Vern Poythress, The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses ****

Walter Brueggemann, Theology of the Old Testament ***

Various, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (IVP) *****

Various, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament ****

Jon Levenson, Sinai and Zion *****

G. Beale, The Temple and the Church’s Mission***

Victor Matthews, etc. Old Testament Parallels: Laws and Stories from the ANE ****

Enjoy – and feel free to add more; I certainly have left some out.

shane lems

sunnyside wa

3 Replies to “Exodus: A Book/Commentary List”

  1. Shane, you might want to correct the PTW volume to Phil Ryken. Leland is Phil’s father, but Phil is the one who wrote the Exodus commentary. I’ve really enjoyed, in addition to all the ones you have listed: Bentley in Welwyn, Bruckner in NIBC, Currid in EP, Houtman in HCOT, Mackay, and Stuart in NAC.


  2. Thanks, Lane, fixed it – I always get those two mixed up!

    I wanted to get Houtman, but when I started preaching through Exodus, I had a few already and not quite enough $$. Maybe next time around! I also wanted to – but for the same reasons didn’t – get Cassuto or Durham (WBC). I recently noticed that Sarna has a longer one on Exodus out as well – “Exploring Exodus: The Heritage of Biblical Israel.”

    Thanks again; hopefully the readers will check out your little list too!



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