The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is a Gold Medallion Christian Book Award-winning resource! Scholars consider it a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. So, unsurprisingly, this 12-volume work is a mainstay in seminary and university libraries. Without a doubt, it provides pastors and Bible students with some of the best tools to exegete, teach, and proclaim the Word.

Fun fact: editors compiled it between the years of 1976-1992 with 78 different authors contributing.


One of the best ways to know more about a commentary set is to hear from the author. So, here is an introduction from Frank Gaebelein, the main editor of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 Vols):

Written primarily by and for expositors, [this series] aims to provide preachers, teachers, and students of the Bible with a new and comprehensive commentary on the books of the Old and New Testaments. Its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.

Its seventy-eight contributors come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland, and from various religious groups, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Free, Independent, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches…

Whatever else [the Bible] is—the greatest and most beautiful of books, the primary source of law and morality, the fountain of wisdom, and the infallible guide to life—the Bible is above all the inspired witness to Jesus Christ.

May this work fulfill its function of expounding the Scriptures with grace and clarity, so that its users may find that both Old and New Testaments do indeed lead to our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone could say, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Frank E. Gaebelein, the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary


In the Olive Tree Bible App, you can easily access all of this content in the Study Center. No matter which commentary you are using, they both follow along with the scripture in your main window. Then you have easy access to expositional commentary, charts, outlines, and more.

But how does this affect you? It makes your study of God’s Word a smoother process. You don’t have to flip pages or have your desk full of open books. Instead, our app serves you the material you need, that is relevant to the passage you are studying. We want to help you steward your time well!

Here’s a few screenshots of how this tool looks in our app.

First, each number indicates relevant entries for the passage

The Expositor's Bible Commentary 1

Second, notes are just a tap away

The Expositor's Bible Commentary 2
The Expositor's Bible Commentary 3
The Expositor's Bible Commentary 4

Third, charts and outlines are easy to use

The Expositor's Bible Commentary 5
The Expositor's Bible Commentary 6

How does this commentary approach Scripture?

Hear more from the General Editor, the late Frank E. Gaebelein:

The chief principle of interpretation followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical one — namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.

This endeavor to understand what in the first instance the inspired writers actually said must not be confused with an inflexible literalism. Scripture makes lavish use of symbols and figures of speech; great portions of it are poetical. Yet when it speaks in this way, it speaks no less truly than it does in its historical and doctrinal portions.

To understand [Scripture’s] message requires attention to matters of grammar and syntax, word meanings, idioms, and literary forms—all in relation to the historical and cultural setting of the text.

About the contributors:

  • 78 international contributors from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand are included
  • Many evangelical denominations are represented including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed
  • Contributors include Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Leon Morris, D. A. Carson, general editor Frank E. Gaebelein, and many others

The contributors represent the best in evangelical scholarship. Also, each author commits to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.


You can learn more about the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 Volumes) on our website.

Olive Tree also offers the Expositor’s Bible Commentary Revised Version (13 Volumes) released in 2012. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised Series now includes the work of 56 different authors – 30 of whom are new. Scholarly and accessible, this tool reflects the best work from world-class scholars including D. A. Carson, George Guthrie, John Walton, and Andreas Köstenberger. This series contains 13 volumes.

Comments are closed.