- Best commentary on Matthew. Really good contextual understanding of the gospel. This is my go-to commentary on Matthew and I refer to it first prior to NICOT (also excellent), NIGTC (also excellent), Hermeneia, WBC, and most other "academic"commentaries I've looked at. Consistent with quality of analysis chapter after chapter, will stand up to requirements of PhD seminars.
- Eskenazi is a close reader of text and does really brilliant literary analyses of the text. She finds interpretive keys and themes of the text and applies them to different texts (see also her articles and books on Ezra). Together with Frymer-Kensky, they write a commentary full of insights. They do a great job of highlighting the radical themes and messages of Ruth. The commentary also pays close attention to how the text breaches patriarchy and affirms the role of women in history (the untold stories of the all-male toledot/genealogies.) Highly recommended.
- Hands down, the best commentary I have ever read (not just on Ecclesiastes but on all Biblical books). Highly technical book that is thoroughly researched. Attention to linguistic detail will push your Hebrew to the next level; comparison to several ancient near eastern texts adds highly textured details to Qohelet; analyses of larger literary context illuminates several passage; conversations with several scholars leads to some really good insights. After reading Seow's commentary, other commentaries (not just on Ecclesiastes) feel so insufficient. If you can get only one commentary on Ecclesiastes, this is the most comprehensive one!