Spurgeon’s Recommended Commentaries on the Pentateuch

The Pentateuch

Exegetical Commentaries

  • Ainsworth, Henry. Annotations on the Five Books of Moses.
    • Thoroughly learned. Though old, not out of date.

Sermonic Commentaries

  1. Law, Henry. Christ is All: The Gospel of the Old Testament. (Genesis – Deuteronomy)
    • Deservedly popular. Simple, instructive, full of Christ. Law abounds in gospel.
  2. Hamilton, James. Moses the Man of God.
    • Beautiful as a poem, like everything’ which fell front Dr. Hamilton’s pen. It would be impossible to study it without profit.
  3. Smith, Thornley. History of Moses.
    • Of the same class as Kitto’s Daily Readings: well executed.
  4. Wagner, George. The Wanderings of the Children of Israel.
    • A book which we have read with great pleasure and profit, and very heartily recommend.
  5. Seaton, W. Church in the Wilderness.
    • Of the thoroughly evangelical school, fraught with much experimental truth and sound doctrine soberly discussed.
  6. Andrews, Lancelot. Pattern of Catechistic Doctrine.
    • This is a book indeed; it is a joy to read it, for it flashes with thought and illustration, and sparkles with ingenious remarks. Profound learning did not lead the Bishop into the depths of dullness, as it has done many another divine; he manifests the happy quaintness of Latimer side by side with great scholarship. He was highly esteemed by his contemporaries; but we can hardly believe that his death ‘Left the dim face of our dull hemisphere all one great eye all drown’d in one great tear,’ yet so we are informed at the foot of his effigies.
  7. Durham, James. Exposition of the Ten Commandments.
    • Whatever Durham has written is very precious. He has the pen of a ready writer, and indites flood molter.
  8. Newton, Richard. The King’s Highway.
    • Though intended for children, ministers will find it useful, for it teems with illustration, and brings up little points of conduct worth touching upon. Dr. Newton is the prince of preachers to children.
  9. Soltau, H.W. The Tabernacle.
    • Exceedingly well worked out in details; but not so wire-drawn as to prevent thought an the reader’s part.

Genesis

Technical Commentaries

  1. Lange, John. Genesis.
    • The best of the series, and in all respects beyond price.
  2. Jacobus, Melanchthon. Notes on Genesis. (Included in this Bundle)
    • A very valuable work, in which Colenso is boldly met and answered. It contains much Gospel teaching, and aids the preacher greatly. Not easily to be obtained. It ought to be reprinted.
  3. Murphy, James. Commentary on Genesis.

Exegetical Commentaries

  1. Calvin, John. Commentary on Genesis.
    • Participates in the general excellencies of Calvin’s works.
  2. Hughes, George. Analytical Exposition of Genesis.
    • The deductions which Hughes draws from the text are of the nature of homiletical hints, and for this reason he will be a treasure to the minister. He belongs to the noble army of Puritans.
  3. Alford, Henry. The Book of Genesis & part of The Book of Exodus.
    • The works of this eminent scholar are too well known and appreciated to need even a word from us.
  4. Bonar, Horatius. Earth’s Morning.
    • An exposition of the first six chapters only. The author endeavors “to investigate the meaning of each verse and word; that, having done so, the exact revelation of God in these may be brought out, and the spiritual truth evolved.” He has in a great measure attained his object. What more could be said in his praise?

Sermonic Commentaries

  1. Candlish, Robert. Studies in Genesis.
    • We venture to characterize this as THE work upon Genesis, so far as lectures can make up an exposition; we have greatly profited by its perusal. It should be in every Biblical library.
  2. Fuller, Andrew. Expository Discourses on Genesis.
    • Weighty, judicious, and full of Gospel truth. One of the very best series of discourses extant upon Genesis, as Bush also thought.
  3. Mackintosh, C.H. Notes on Genesis.
    • Precious and edifying’ reflections marred by peculiarities.
  4. Williams, Isaac. Beginning of Genesis. (Included in this Collection)
    • A very remarkable work by a high churchman, opening up in a masterly manner the mystical teachings of the early chapters of Genesis. To be taken with a grain of salt.
  5. Lawson, George. Lectures on Joseph.
    • Dr. Lawson had a fertile mind, and a heart alive both to the human and divine side of truth. He writes with pleasing simplicity of style. One of the highest compliments to this book is found in the fact that a distinguished American scholar issued much of it as his own.
  6. Smith, Thornley. History of Joseph.

Exodus

Technical Commentaries

Sermonic Commentaries

  1. Millington, Thomas. Signs and Wonders in the Land of Ham.
    • It has been an intellectual treat to read this interesting work. On the same subject there is an old work by James Bryant, 1794; but Millington is enough.
  2. Mackintosh, C.H. Notes on Exodus.
    • Not free from Plymouth errors, yet remarkably suggestive.

Leviticus

Technical Commentaries

  • Bush, George. Notes on Leviticus.
    • The author read extensively to produce this volume. In his later years he became a Swedenborgian, but there is no trace of that leaning in this or his other comments. He inserts the notes of the Pictorial Bible, but handsomely acknowledges them.

Exegetical Commentaries

  • Bonar, Andrew. Leviticus.
    • Very precious, Mr. Andrew Bonar has a keen eye for a typical analogy, but he always keeps the rein upon his imagination, and is therefore safe to follow. He is a master in Israel.

Sermonic Commentaries

Numbers

Technical Commentaries

  • Bush, George. Notes on Numbers.
    • Although Bush is indebted to many authors, he is by no means a mere collector; his remarks repay you afar consultation, and we hope that in this case they are his own.

Deuteronomy

Sermonic Commentaries

  • Calvin, John. Sermons upon Deuteronomy.
    • This is not the same as that which is contained in the “Calvin Translation Society’s Commentaries.” Everything that Calvin wrote by way of exposition is priceless; even those who differ from him in theology admit this.