15 Best Haggai Commentaries You Should Start With

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Haggai (1:1) was a prophet who, along with Zechariah, encouraged the returned exiles to rebuild the temple (see Ezr 5:1–26:14). Haggai means “festal,” which may indicate that the prophet was born during one of the three pilgrimage feasts (Unleavened Bread, Pentecost or Weeks, and Tabernacles; cf. Dt 16:16). Based on 2:3 (see note there) Haggai may have witnessed the destruction of Solomon’s temple. If so, he must have been in his 70s during his ministry.1Source

The work of temple restoration highlights the Lord’s desire to renew a covenant relationship with his people (1:13; 2:4–5).2Source

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Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi: An Exegetical Commentary

Dr. Eugene H. Merrill wrote this excellent exegetical commentary via CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2014.  It’s a great resource for serious students of Old Testament studies and in it Dr. Merrill demonstrates his competency and faithfulness to the Biblical Texts.  Dr. Merrill works through different views on certain passages before presenting his own. A must have addition to any library of Haggai texts.


Minor Prophets: Part 2 (Forms of the Old Testament Literature) (Pt.2)

Michael Floyd – professor of Old Testament at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas – pens part two of this series from Forms of the Old Testament Literature.  Published by Eerdmans, this series presents a form-critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible based on a standard outline and methodology. Each volume includes thorough bibliographies and a glossary of the genres and formulas identified in the commentary.


Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 (1984): A Commentary

David L. Petersen – the Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia – explores the books of Haggai and Zechariah in this compelling commentary.

This book is part of the seven volume The Old Testament Library series, which offers powerful commentary, exegesis, and literary insight into some of the most critical writings in the Old Testament.


Haggai, Zechariah 1-8 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

Carol and Eric Meyers write Haggai and Zechariah 1–8, Volume 25B for The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries is a prestigious series of more than 80 volumes written by scholars of all faiths. A book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha, this massive commentary series makes available all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge which bears on the interpretation of the Bible. Anchor Yale commentaries are written with the most exacting standards of scholarship, reflecting the highest technical accomplishment. They are accessible for laypersons, and vital for sermon preparation, research, and advanced study of the Bible.


The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary

Noted evangelical scholars including Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, and J. Alec Motyer offer an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the minor prophets and their messages of doom and gloom. A meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text is provided and the authors also relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life in practical and meaningful ways.


The Books of Haggai and Malachi

Pieter A. Verhoef writes this thorough exegesis and exposition of little-studied Haggai and Malachi for The New International Commentary on the Old Testament.  This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.


Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi: An Introduction & Commentary

The late Joyce G. Baldwin (who was principal of Trinity College, Bristol) wrote several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series, including this solid work on Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.  The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised texts have been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.


Haggi, Zechariah and Malachi (Christian Focus)

John L. Mackay writes Haggi, Zechariah and Malachi for the 41 volume Focus on the Bible series.  These books are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors. They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage.


Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)

Awell-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Micah-Malachi, Volume 32 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Ralph L. Smith. Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into Micah and Malachi and fills a void in Old Testament studies.

This publishing house delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi (Geneva Series of Commentaries)

The late scholar Thomas Verner Moore wrote Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi for the Geneva Series of Commentaries. Dr. Moore was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church in 1867 and served as editor of Central Presbyterian.


Building for Gods Glory (Haggai & Zechariah)

Michael Bentley has written several titles in the Welwyn Commentary Series, including volumes on Haggai & Zechariah, Exodus, Philippians and 1 & 2 Timothy. This text is a simple and useful read.  The fifty plus titles in the Welwyn Commentaries are dedicated to the practical exposition and exhortation of Scripture and designed for pastoral ministry and preaching. They combine exegesis, hermeneutics, history, and pastoral insight to meet today’s needs of pastors as they grapple with the word of God.


Haggai, Zechariah (The NIV Application Commentary)

Mark J. Boda shares perspectives on Haggai and Zechariah that reveal their enduring relevance for our twenty-first-century lives in Haggai, Zechariah for The NIV Application Commentary.  NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications.  This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


The Minor Prophets (2 Volume Set)

The late James Montgomery Boice – who was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals – wrote the inspirational Micah-Malachi commentary for The Minor Prophets two-volume series by Baker Books.


Haggai, Malachi: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture

Haggai, Malachi: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture was written by Richard A. Taylor and edited by Ray Clendenen for The New American Commentary.  Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


Calvin’s Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.


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