Top Commentaries on 1 Chronicles

Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 1 Chronicles that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the Bible, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more. (See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.)



Best Reviewed Bible Commentaries on 1 Chronicles



1 Chronicles (Word Biblical Commentary) by Roddy Braun


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 1 Chronicles

John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Useful discussion of the theological themes, with extensive bibliographies.”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 Chronicles, “indispensable for serious study of the text…offers helpful theological insight, sometimes missing from technical commentaries”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.



1 Chronicles (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary) by Martin J. Selman


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “the introduction is lengthy and helpful”

John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Informative introductory sections on the chronicler as an interpreter and the chronicler’s message.”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Chronicles, “Selman’s work is clear and concise without being simplistic”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.” See more about the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series.



I Chronicles (The Old Testament Library) by Sara Japhet


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “masterful…a must for all serious students”

John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill: “Comprehensive literary and historical analysis of the books. Must reading for serious students.”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 Chronicles, “a must for seminary students doing in-depth study of these books”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.” See more about the Old Testament Library commentary series.



1 and 2 Chronicles (New International Version Application Commentary) by Andrew E. Hill


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “advocates understanding the book of Chronicles as a sermon”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 and 2 Chronicles, “especially valuable for pastors and teachers”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.



1 and 2 Chronicles (A Mentor Commentary) by Richard Pratt


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 1 Chronicles, “For those who have had difficulty understanding the relevance and significance of Chronicles, this will be a good place to start. It is an intermediate level commentary that should be of use to laymen, pastors, and scholars.”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Mentor books are written at a level suitable for Bible College and seminary students, pastors, and other serious readers.” See more about the Mentor Bible Commentary series.



1 and 2 Chronicles (The Bible Speaks Today) by Michael Wilcock


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “competently brings out the ancient text’s message for today”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.” See more about the Bible Speaks Today commentary series.



1 and 2 Chronicles (New Century Bible Commentary) by H.G.M. Williamson


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “a very good commentary”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “In this commentary on the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles, Dr. Williamson brings to light the theological and spiritual richness of these historical books. Composed in the era after the Babylonian Exile, they brought a new perspective to the idea of Israel and to the story of its past. Making full use of a wide range of studies by Jewish and Christian scholars, this commentary offers a wealth of new insights and conclusions.”



I and II Chronicles (The Daily Study Bible Series) by J.G. McConville


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, a “solid exposition…sensitive to theology and application”

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “Invaluable for individual devotional study, for group discussion, and for classroom use, the Daily Study Bible provides a useful, reliable, and eminently readable way to discover what the Scriptures were saying then and what God is saying today.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (New American Commentary) by J.A. Thompson


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “competent, easy-to-read study of Chronicles, with an emphasis on the theological meaning of the book”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.” See more about the New American Commentary series.



More Bible Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



1 and 2 Chronicles (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) by Steven S. Tuell


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.” See more about the Interpretation Bible commentary series.



1 and 2 Chronicles (For Everyone) by John Goldingay


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “John Goldingay, an internationally respected Old Testament scholar, authors this ambitious Old Testament for Everyone series. Covering Scripture from Genesis to Malachi, Goldingay addresses the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school preparation, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern reader.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (The Preacher’s Commentary) by Leslie C. Allen


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New King James Bible has been chosen for the Preacher’s Commentary because it combines with integrity the beauty of language, underlying Hebrew and Greek textual basis, and thought-flow of the 1611 King James Version…Readers who are more comfortable with another translation can readily find the parallel passage by means of the chapter and verse reference at the end of each passage being exposited. The paragraphs of exposition combine fresh insights to the Scripture, application, rich illustrative material, and innovative ways of utilizing the vibrant truth for his or her own life and for the challenge of communicating it with vigor and vitality.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



1 and 2 Chronicles (Holman Old Testament Commentary) by Winfried Corduan


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “No other reference series gets to the heart of the Old Testament as efficiently as the Holman Old Testament Commentary. When a reader’s time allows, the series offers a detailed interpretation based on the popular New International Version text. When time is short, it delivers an essential understanding of the Old Testament with unsurpassed clarity and convenience.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (New Collegeville Bible Commentary) by John C. Endres


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals…[volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek… Utilizing recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines, this series intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) by Mark J. Boda


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, accessible evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Presenting the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text, each volume equips pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge so they can better understand and apply God’s Word.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Eugene H. Merrill


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “This volume is helpful for the scholar but accessible and useful for the pastor. Merrill provides an exegetical study of each passage in these books, examining a number of themes, especially drawing out three principal theological subjects: (1) David and his historical and eschatological reign; (2) the renewal of the everlasting covenant; and (3) the new temple as a symbol of a reconstituted people. Merrill offers astute guidance to preachers and teachers in his insightful doctrinal commentary on the text.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary) by Steven L. McKenzie


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries series offers compact, critical commentaries on all the books of the Old Testament. In addition to providing fundamental information on and insights into Old Testament writings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful, critical exegesis so as to assist students of the Old Testament in coming to an informed engagement of the biblical texts themselves. These commentaries are written with special attention to the needs and interests of theology students, but they will also be useful for students in upper-level college or university settings, as well as for pastors and other church leaders.”



1 Chronicles (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition) by Frederick Mabie


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.” See more about the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series.



1 and 2 Chronicles (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) by Louis C. Jonker


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.” See more about the Understanding the Bible Commentary series.



The Message of Chronicles (The Bible Speaks Today) by Michael Wilcock


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (Believers Church Bible Commentary) by August H. Konkel


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Believers Church Bible Commentary series is accessible to lay readers, useful in preaching and pastoral care, and helpful for Bible study groups and Sunday school teachers. The commentaries are academically sound and foreground an Anabaptist reading of Scripture.”



Technical and Critical Commentaries



1 Chronicles (Hermeneia) by Ralph W. Klein


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Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Hermeneia commentary series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books… The name Hermeneia, from the Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible…The editors of Hermeneia impose no systematic-theological perspective upon the series (directly, or indirectly by selection of authors).”



Social, Historical, and Cultural Background Commentaries



1 Chronicles (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary) by Simon Sherwin


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: This series “walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It’s like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You’ll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus.” See more about the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary series.



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



1 and 2 Chronicles (Thru the Bible Commentary Series) by J. Vernon McGee


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”


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