A while ago, I sent out an email to some pastors and elders from churches I have attended in the past, asking if they would mind recommending a few commentaries. Here’s the response I got:
Stanley Jebb, from Truro Evangelical Church recommended Dale Ralph Davis’s commentaries (Joshua to 1 Kings), especially “The Wisdom and the Folly.” He also recommends John MacArthur’s New Testament Commentaries, along with those by William Hendricksen, Matthew Henry, John Calvin and Jamieson, Fawcett and Brown.
Jonathan Hacker from Eastney Evangelical Church in Portsmouth, just recommended anything by Fee or Carson.
Steve Haines from King’s Community Church, Hedge End, likes his NIVAC on 2 Corinthians by Hafemann (and Maresah his wife recommended ‘the Gospel according to peanuts’)
Martin Borrows from Hockliffe Street Baptist Church in Leighton Buzzard, gave the fullest response, with recommendations for a number of specific books:
Genesis: ‘The Genesis Record’ by Henry Morris (Baker), and three-volume series by James Montgomery Boice
Exodus: ‘Moses’ by F B Meyer (CLC)
1 & 2 Samuel – ‘David’ by A W Pink (Baker)
Psalm 73 – ‘Faith on Trial’ by D M Lloyd-Jones.
Jonah – The Geneva Series by Hugh Martin
Matthew – ‘Studies in the Sermon on the Mount’ by Lloyd-Jones (IVP)
The Gospels – the J C Ryle series, and ‘Let’s Study Mark’ by Sinclair Ferguson (Banner)
Romans – the Lloyd-Jones series
Ephesians – the Lloyd-Jones series
Philippians, Colossians, Philemon – in one volume by Wm Hendriksen (Banner)
1 John – five volumes by Lloyd-Jones (Crossway)
Revelation – ‘More Than Conquerors’ by Wm Hendriksen (Baker), and Paul Gardner (Christian Focus).