One of the great things about the Daily Office Lectionary is that it takes you through the majority of the Bible every year. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the books of the Bible as you work your way through, we’re compiling these “Best Bible Study Resources” posts for every book of the Bible.
(If you know of an excellent resource that we left out, please let us know in the comments below!)
No matter what book of the Bible you’re reading, two helpful websites for studying the Bible are Bible.org and NetBible.org. The latter is especially useful for free access to basic Hebrew and Greek resources.
The Bible Project
If you haven’t checked out the Bible Project already, you need to do so! They’ve got perhaps the best collection of free Bible study resources online. In addition to videos on biblical books, themes, and word studies, they’ve got a series on How to Read the Bible that’s a great place to start.
Here are the Bible Project’s resources on Ezra and Nehemiah.
The following commentary rankings are drawn from bestcommentaries.com—an excellent free online resource to help guide your Bible study!
- Williamson, H. G. M. Ezra, Nehemiah. WBC. 1985.
- Fensham, F. Charles. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. NICOT. 1983
- Kidner, Derek. Ezra & Nehemiah. TOTC. 1981.
If you’re looking for more guidance on selecting commentaries and Bible study tools in general, check out:
- Tremper Longman III, Old Testament Commentary Survey
- D.A. Carson, New Testament Commentary Survey
- John Glynn, Commentary and Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources
- John F. Evans, A Guide to Biblical Commentaries and Reference Works
You should also take a look at the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, also published by IVP. However, as of now, there is no volume for Ezra-Nehemiah.
In How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart provide the following “Orienting Data for Ezra-Nehemiah”:
Content: rebuilding and reform in postexilic Judah through the latter half of the fifth century b.c.
Historical coverage: from the first return (539/8 b.c.) to the end of the fifth century, but especially from 458 to 430, during the reign of Artaxerxes of Persia
Emphases: successful completion of the second temple despite opposition; successful rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem despite opposition; the crisis of intermarriage and national identity; concern for covenant renewal and reform, based on the law, among the exiles who had returned to Jerusalem (pg. 108).
Check out the entire chapter on Ezra and Nehemiah for an overview, specific advice for reading, and a walk-through of the main content!
Again if we missed any resources on Ezra and Nehemiah that you think should appear, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update this post!