Popular Commentary
of the Bible

by Paul E. Kretzmann, Ph. D., D. D.


Soli Deo Gloria!

Welcome to The Popular Commentary of the Bible by Paul E. Kretzmann, Ph. D., D. D. It has been a favorite among confessional Lutherans since the publication of the first volume in 1921. The four volume work, completed in 1924, consists of nearly 3,000 pages. Kretzmann, as it is popularly known, has been out of print for quite some time. Many of us have found copies in used bookstores. The project to produce it as an eBook was initiated so it can be available to everyone at the click of a mouse.

The Lutheran Witness, in 1922, had an article on How the "Popular Commentary" Was Written. It gives a brief background of the work.

Foreword and Publishers' Note
Old Testament, Volume 1 Old Testament, Volume 2
New Testament, Volume 1 New Testament, Volume 2
Maps Included in the Four Volumes

The Popular Commentary is in the public domain. The original volumes were not copyrighted. The eBook edition of Kretzmann constitutes a new edition of the work in that we have edited the spelling for consistency (actually this is still an ongoing process), and have, of course, added many spelling errors of our own.

Since this was an unpaid public effort, the creators claim the copyright on the eBook edition, but only to assure that it is not tampered with. Full permission is granted to replicate and distribute the text in any form whatsoever, printed or electronic, so long as the content itself is not altered, other than to correct scanning errors, fix formatting, change fonts, etc.

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