I was recently asked by a Student @ Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry what was my list of top 10 commentaries because she was wanting to update her library. So, with that challenge I created her a list and thought I would make it available to you as well.
Please keep in mind that I was raised Baptist church and started my formal college education in a Baptist college but would go on to serve in Pentecostal and Non-denominational churches over the past several years. So, my view of commentaries will be a little different than some folks that are locked into denominational lines.
1. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (This awesome commentary can be found online free at various resources.)
2. Thru the Bible Commentary, Volumes 1-5: Genesis through Revelation by J. Vernon McGee
3. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture by Thomas C. Oden, (As a pastor I have found this commentary very rewarding in understanding the scripture from the writing of the Founding Fathers of the church)
4. The Moody Bible Commentary, by Michael Rydelnik
5. The Bible Exposition Commentary, 6 Volumes by Warren W. Wiersbe
6. The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary, by Gary M. Burge and Andrew E. Hill
7. Adam Clarke's Bible Commentary by Adam Clarke (remains one of the classics and can be downloaded free at various resources)
8. Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible, by Albert Barnes (remains one of the classics and can be downloaded free at various resources)
9. Liberty Bible Commentary, by Jerry Falwell, Edward E. Hindson, et al. (This is one of my favorites, do to using it a lot while in college. I know many will disagree with me, However, I have found it very helpful)
10. Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown Whole Bible, by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown (remains one of the classics and can be downloaded free at various resources)