Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
CommentaryThe genre of explication of biblical texts, usually following the order of verses as they are presented. The constituent elements of the commentary generally include text-critical discussion relating to the establishment of a reliable text and philological and grammatical analysis that addresses
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Commentary (from Lat. commentarius “annotation”).† A work which explains, analyzes, or expounds upon a biblical book or the whole of Scripture. In its original sense it comprised a narrative or historical account, and as such certain works are cited as sources for the Chronicler’s history—the Commentary
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
commentaries. Every great work that is included in world literature has given birth to an extensive list of commentaries, but no book has produced anything like the vast amount of expository material on Scripture. Even an extensive series of homilies, such as those of John Chrysostom, may approximate
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
COMMENTARY kom´en-ter-ee [Lat. commentarius]. First used to refer either to pupils’ notes or to a speech outline, later commentary primarily referred to a draft written about historical events (e.g., Caesar’s Commentarii), and then to a writing that explains the contents of a book (e.g., Julius Hyginus’
Key passages
Ne 8:8

So they read the book from the law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that they could understand the reading.