Top Commentaries on 2 Chronicles

Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of 2 Chronicles are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 2 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 2 Chronicles



2 Chronicles (Word Biblical Commentary) by Raymond B. Dillard


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Chronicles

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “this commentary makes 2 Chronicles come alive…superb in its analysis of the theological message”

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

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 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.



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars

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 2 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.



2 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 and 2 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, “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 (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.”



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 1 and 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.



The Message of 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.



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 Expository Commentaries



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 (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.”



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.



1 and 2 Chronicles (New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary) by Leander E. Keck


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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 New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary offers critically sound biblical interpretations. Guided by scholars, pastors and laity representing diverse traditions and academic experience, this collection of commentary meets the needs of preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible.”



1 and 2 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 Chronicles (New Beacon Bible Commentary) by Mitchel Modine


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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 New Beacon Bible Commentary provides 21st-century scholars, pastors, theological students, and laity an academically competent, readable commentary in the Wesleyan theological tradition. Each volume features: Contemporary Scholarship from notable experts in the Wesleyan theological tradition. Convenient introductory material for each book of the Bible, which includes information on authorship, date, history, audience, sociological/cultural issues, purpose, literary features, theological themes, hermeneutical issues, and more.”



1 and 2 Chronicles (College Press) by John Mark Hicks


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “College Press NIV Commentary Series is formatted with a verse-by-verse explanation of the text. It was developed for both the scholar and the average Bible student. The College Press NIV Commentary Series is the only full commentary set in print from the Restoration Movement.”



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.”



Technical Commentaries



2 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).” See more about the Hermeneia Bible commentary series.



2 Chronicles (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Jacob M. Myers


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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 Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.” See more about the Anchor Bible Commentary series.



1 and 2 Chronicles (Forms of Old Testament Literature) by Simon John De Vries


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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 Forms of the Old Testament Literature (FOTL) is a series of volumes that seeks to present, according to a standard outline and methodology, a form-critical analysis of every book or unit of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). Fundamentally exegetical, each volume examines the structure, genre, setting, and intention of the biblical literature in question. The series also endeavors to study the history behind the form-critical discussion of the material, to bring consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulas of the biblical literature, and to expose the exegetical procedure in such a way as to enable students and pastors to engage in their own analysis and interpretation.”



Classic Christian Commentaries



1 and 2 Chronicles (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) edited by Marco Conti


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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 ACCS is a post-critical revival of the early commentary tradition known as the glossa ordinaria, a text artfully elaborated with ancient and authoritative reflections and insights. The vast array of writings from the church fathers—including much that is available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating, and introducing it to today’s readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power, and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.”



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