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Best Bible Commentaries on 2 Timothy

2 Timothy is the sixteenth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Paul’s understudy, Timothy. Paul likely wrote this letter near the end of his life. He wanted to encourage his disciple in ministry to champion the true faith and to resist false teachings. Commentaries on 2 Timothy often address the end of Paul’s life, Christian service in the local church, and warnings about apostasy.

Pastoral Epistles (WBC) by William D. Mounce

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Timothy
  • D.A. Carson: "best buy" on 2 Timothy, "more conservative than Marshall," reflects "on pastoral issues"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a technical and conservative exposition of the pastorals"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority"commentary on the Pastoral Epistles
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; "thoroughly discusses all of the important issues raised by Paul (whom he believes wrote these epistles), and when dealing with controversial parts of the letters, he fairly represents those with whom he disagrees. All in all, a very good commentary."

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
The Letters to Timothy and Titus (NICNT) by Philip H. Towner

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: "best buy" on 2 Timothy, "perhaps the best commentary on the Pastorals based on the English text"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority"commentary on the Pastoral Epistles
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a useful exposition by a scholar who has devoted his career to the pastorals"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; "accessible to most educated readers...Towner rejects the conclusions of critical scholars who deny Pauline authorship of the Pastoral Epistles."

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From the publisher: "Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike...undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

The Pastoral Epistles (NIGTC) by George W. Knight

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a technical commentary of the pastorals from a defender of Pauline authorship"
  • D.A. Carson: "cautious, conservative, and thoughtful"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; "the best contemporary commentary on these books...Knight takes a thoroughly conservative and orthodox approach"

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From the publisher: "At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament... the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary... the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God's name."

The Pastoral Epistles (ICC) by I. Howard Marshall

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  • D.A. Carson: "best buy" on 2 Timothy, "the learned and careful exegesis will be a joy to pore over"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a massive and technical commentary that is very learned, though he rejects Pauline authorship"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
The Pastoral Epistles (TNTC) by Donald Guthrie

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: ""has become something of a classic"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; "an accessible, introductory level commentary on the Pastoral Epistles"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1–2 Timothy and Titus (Preaching the Word) by Bryan Chappell

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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1 & 2 Timothy, Titus (UBCS) by Gordon Fee

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a brief commentary for the busy pastor"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 & 2 Timothy, Titus (NIVAC) by Walter L. Liefeld

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1, 2 Timothy, Titus (NAC) by Thomas D. Lea and Hayne P. Griffin Jr.

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: "competent"

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From the publisher: "The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power."

1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (EBC; Ephesians - Philemon) by Andreas Kostenberger

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a clear exposition of the text"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1-2 Timothy & Titus (IVPNT) by Philip H. Towner

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Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (CCEC) by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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The Pastoral Epistles (BNTC) by J.N.D. Kelly

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a bit longer than Fee, with many insights"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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The Pastoral Letters: 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (Belief) by Thomas G. Long

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2 Timothy (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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1 and 2 Timothy and Titus by John Calvin

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Accolades:

  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 2 Timothy; "The work by Calvin on the Pastorals is particularly interesting because of the insight it gives us to the Reformation understanding of church leadership. A must-read."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The First and Second Letters to Timothy (AB) by Luke Timothy Johnson

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a helpful commentary from this Roman Catholic scholar who accepts Pauline authorship"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (HNTC) by Knute Larson

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (ABCS) by Samuel M. Ngewa

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Accolades:

  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority"commentary on the Pastoral Epistles

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help