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Best Bible Commentaries on 1 Peter

1 Peter is the twenty-first book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Peter. The letter is addressed to believers in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Peter wrote to encourage the recipients to be steadfast under trial and to cling to hope, which is found in Jesus Christ. Commentaries on 1 Peter often address the persecution that occurred under the Roman Emperor Nero, submission to civil authorities, and leadership in the local church.

1 Peter (BECNT) by Karen H. Jobes

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Peter, "this work is strong on every front, including careful exegesis of the Greek text, while remaining accessible"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Peter
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "an exposition of the Greek text"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 1 Peter, "Those needing in-depth exegetical analysis will not want to pass up the BECNT volume on 1 Peter by Jobes."

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
1 Peter (WBC) by J. Ramsey Michaels

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a technical and interesting interpretation of the letter"

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1, 2 Peter, Jude (NAC) by Thomas Schreiner

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  • D.A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Peter, "nicely displays Schreiner's combination of exegesis and theological reflection couched in admirable clarity"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Peter
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Peter, "Thomas Schreiner’s work is always worth consulting. He has written some very good works on New Testament theology,and his strengths in this area shine through in this commentary. Very helpful."

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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."

The First Epistle of Peter (NICNT) by Peter H. Davids

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  • D.A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Peter, "combines informed exegesis and probing theological reflection"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Peter
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a brief but lucid exposition of the letter"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 Peter, "Peter Davids’ commentary has been somewhat overshadowed by the more recent work of Jobes, but it is still worth consulting. Like most of the NICNT volumes, it is solid and thorough without becoming inaccessible."

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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."

1 Peter (TNTC) by Wayne Grudem

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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 1 Peter
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 Peter, "Grudem’s commentary on 1 Peter is another helpful introductory level commentary on this book of Scripture."
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a helpful brief exposition for busy pastors"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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1 Peter (IVPNTC) by I. Howard Marshall

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Peter

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Message of 1 Peter (BST) by Edmund Clowney

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  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 Peter, "Clowney packs more insight into one page than many commentaries pack into an entire chapter. This one is a must-have."

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The "the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) "BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity," (2) that "expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past" but suggest application for living, and (3) "each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size."

1-2 Peter (SAEC) by R.C. Sproul

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1 Peter (REC) by Daniel M. Doriani

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1 Peter (NIVAC) by Scot McKnight

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1 Peter (THNTC) by Joel B. Green

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1 Peter (Hermeneia) by Paul J. Achtemeier

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  • D.A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Peter, "a masterpiece of careful scholarship...the writing is clear, and much of the exegesis is admirable"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "an outstanding technical interpretation of the letter - the best commentary in my judgement"

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1 Peter (Anchor Bible) by John H. Elliot

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Peter
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a massive but clear and lucid commentary"

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1–2 Peter and Jude (Preaching the Word) by David R. Helm

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The Epistles of Peter and of Jude (BNTC) by J.N.D. Kelly

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a very helpful and clear exposition"

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1 Peter (MNTCS) by John MacArthur

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1 Peter (SGBC) by Dennis Edwards

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James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude (Teach the Text) by Jim Samra

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1 & 2 Peter and Jude (Belief) by Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez

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A Commentary on I Peter by Leonhard Goppelt

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "an insightful and theologically deep commentary"

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1 & 2 Peter & Jude (FB) by Paul Gardner

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1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude (WBC) by David A. Case and David H. Holdren

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