The books of Ezra and Nehemiah relate how God’s covenant people were restored from Babylonian exile to the covenant land as a theocratic (kingdom of God) community even while continuing under Gentile rule1Source
The basic purpose and background of Nehemiah are the same as that for Ezra. Ezra, “a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses” (Ezra 7:6), called the returning exiles back to covenant loyalty and obedience to the law. Nehemiah rebuilt the city walls so that the community could be protected from enemies who might take advantage of them.2Source
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Best Nehemiah Commentaries
Ezra-Nehemiah (EP Study Commentaries)
Gregory Goswell sheds light on why the books of Ezra and Nehemiah are important in understanding the period when Chronicles was compiled and the Psalms were arranged in their present form. His Ezra-Nehemiah is part of the EP Study Commentaries. EP Study Commentaries are part of the 22 volume Evangelical Press Study Commentary, which offers the best in biblical exposition from some of the most notable evangelical Reformed scholars.
Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (OT Daily Study Bible Series)
J. G. McConville – a Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England – writes Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther for the OT Daily Study Bible Series.
Continuing the brilliant pattern established by Barclay’s New Testament series, the Daily Study Bible has been extended to cover the entire Old Testament as well.
It is invaluable for individual devotional study, for group discussion, and for classroom use. The Daily Study Bible provides a useful, reliable, and intimately readable way to discover what the Scriptures were saying then and what God is saying today.
Holman Old Testament Commentary – Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Structured around pre-prepared sermons or lessons from the text, Holman Old Testament Commentaries make an excellent resource for small-group or Sunday School teachers who wants to teach a prepared lesson. The Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther volume is written by Max Anders and includes discussion starters, a teaching plan, and more.
The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)
Charles Fensham presents The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah for The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. One of the strong points of this commentary is how Fensham explains matters in a way that is quite accessible to the layperson.
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 fore their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.
Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 16, Ezra, Nehemiah
A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the lead author of Ezra, Nehemiah, Volume 16 from the Word Biblical Commentary is H. G. M. Williamson – Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University. Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into the complexities of Ezra and Nehemiah.
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.
Ezra and Nehemiah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)
The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Ezra and Nehemiah by Derek Kidner. Kidner is a professor and pastor who studied at Cambridge University. 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 text of Ezra and Nehemiah has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary)
Mervin Breneman writes Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture 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.
The Message of Nehemiah (Bible Speaks Today)
Raymond Brown – formerly principal of Spurgeon’s College in London, England – vividly sketches Nehemiah’s historical and social setting and demonstrates the striking relevance of his words for today in The Message of Nehemiah from Bible Speaks Today series. A terrific in depth study on the book of Nehemiah, Brown breaks down the actions of Nehemiah in such a way that the reader gains great insight and wisdom into a variety of situations in their own lives today.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Volume 4) 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job
The Gold Medallion Award-winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary is a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures.
Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this twelve-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide.
The seventy-eight contributors come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, and from many denominations, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed. They represent the best in evangelical scholarship committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the New International Version for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages.
Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography.