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The Best Commentary on Haggai
Moore, T.V. – Haggai in The Prophets of the Restoration, or Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi, a New Translation with Notes (NY: Robert Carter, 1856), pp. 43-91
Moore was an Old Princeton graduate and southern Presbyterian. This work was republished by the Banner of Truth.
*** – “A capital book. Most useful to ministers.” – Spurgeon
‘Studies which are loyal to the text, endear themselves to the reader, and edify and enrich the soul. Refomed.’ – Cyril J. Barber
More Commentaries on Haggai
Luther, Martin – ‘Lectures on Haggai’ in Lectures on the Minor Prophets, vol. 1 in Luther’s Works ed. Hilton C. Oswald (Concordia, 1973), pp. 367-90
Grynaeus, John – Haggeus the Prophet, whereunto is added a Most Plentiful Commentary Gathered out of the Public Lectures of Dr. John James Gryneus (London: John Wolfe, 1586) 294 pp. no ToC
Grynaeus (1540–1617) was a reformed professor at Basel, Switzerland and Heidelberg, Germany.
* – “Grynaeus was a voluminous author, and commented on most of the books of Scripture, but only this work has been turned into English, and it is now seldom met with.” – Spurgeon
[Note that Spurgeon’s rating system is based on books he recommends to purchase; hence he often gave hard to find books a low rating, though he may not have been familiar with it.]
Pilkington, James – Commentary on Haggai (1562) 352 pp.
Pilkington was one of the English reformers.
** – “Full of the minor as well as the major controversies of the Reformation period, and therefore the less interesting to us. In its own day it was *the* master-work on the two prophets, Haggai and Obadiah.” – Spurgeon
Rainolds, Edward – An Exposition upon Haggai in King on Jonah & Rainolds on Obadiah & Haggai in Nichol’s Series of Commentaries (Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1864) separate pagination
Rainolds (d. 1607) was a puritan, to be distinguished from Edward Reynolds (†1676).
** – “Rainolds was the tutor of Hooker, and had a main hand in our authorized version of the Bible. Bishop Hall says, ‘the memory, the reading of that man were near a miracle.’ We ought to be enraptured with a commentary from such a divine, but we confess that we are not.” – Spurgeon
Bromiley, Geoffrey – ‘Haggai’ in ed. Carl Henry, The Biblical Expositor: The Living Theme of the Great Book with General & Introductory Essays & Exposition, 1 vol. ed. (1960; A.J. Holman, 1973), pp. 745-52
This little known commentary set by leading evangelicals (many of which were reformed) is brief (think airplane view) but helpful.
The Early Church on Haggai
Ferreiro, Alberto – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets Buy
Coggins, Richard & Jin H. Han – Six [Last] Minor Prophets Through the Centuries (Blackwell, 2011) 290 pp.
Jerome (c. 342–347 – 420)
Theodore of Mopsuestia – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Haggai’ in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets trans. Robert C. Hill in Fathers of the Church (Catholic University of America Press, 2004), pp. 306-21
Theodore (c. 350 – 428)
Cyril of Alexandria – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Haggai’ in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets trans. Robert C. Hill in Fathers of the Church (Catholic University of America Press, 2007), vol. 3, pp. 61-92
Cyril (c. 376 – 444)
Theodoret of Cyrus – Commentary on the Twelve Prophets Ref (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2006) 378 pp.
Theodoret (c. 393 – c. 458/466)
The Arabic Translation & Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai & Malachi Pre (Brill, 2021) 199 pp.
Yefet (c. 914 – 1009) was perhaps the foremost Karaite commentator on the Bible during the “Golden Age of Karaism”.
Rashi – On Haggai at Patristic Bible Commentary
Rashi (1040 – 1105)
The Messianic Passages of Haggai
Hengstenberg, E.W. – ‘Messianic Prediction in Haggai’ in The Christology of the Old Testament, vol. 3 (1868), pp. 265-95 Hengstenberg comments on Hag. 2:6-9