Commentaries on 1 Chronicles

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Order of Contents

The Best Commentaries  6
Commentaries  5+
The Early Church  1
Harmonies of the Kings  2
Authenticity of Chronicles  1
Bible Characters




The Best Commentaries on 1 Chronicles


Renwick, A.M. – ‘The Chronicles’ in The Biblical Expositor: The Living Theme of the Great Book with General and Introductory Essays and Exposition, vol. 1  Buy  ed. Carl Henry  1960

This little known commentary set by leading evangelicals (many of which were reformed) is brief (think airplane view) but helpful.  Renwick was a professor in the Free Church of Scotland who is known for his work on the Scottish Reformation.

Whitcomb, John C. – Solomon to the Exile: Studies in Kings & Chronicles  Buy  1971

‘An ideal book for discussion groups.  Recreates the OT setting, graphically depicts the cause of decline in Israel and Judah, and draws valid lessons from these incidents which are applied to the needs of the present.’ – Cyril J. Barber



Cooper, Derek & Martin Lohrmann – Reformation Commentary on Scripture: 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles  Buy

Murphy, James – The Books of Chronicles in Hand-Books for Bible Classes, ed. Dods & Whyte

Murphy was an evangelical professor of Hebrew in Belfast, Ireland.  His commentaries on Genesis, Exodus and the Psalms were given Spurgeon’s highest rating.  This work being a part of the Hand-books for Bible Classes series, though, limits the amount of spiritual savor that Murphy normally writes with.



Bertheau, Ernst – The Books of the Chronicles  1857  Table of Contents

*** ‘Distinguished by careful investigation of the meaning of the text.  This is a most important help to the expositor.  The student will not, however, find much in the way of reflections and doctrines.’ – Spurgeon

Keil, Karl F. – 1 Chronicles

** – ‘Without indicating either the spiritual lesson or the moral of the history, Keil simply explains the facts, and in so doing aids the reader to realize them.  We confess we should like something more.’ – Spurgeon



Commentaries on 1 Chronicles



Allen, John – A Spiritual Exposition of the Old Testament: from Joshua to the end of the Psalms  1816

‘Spiritual reflections after the high Calvinistic school.  Some preachers cannot see Christ where He is, but Allen finds Him where He is not.  There is in these reflections much godly savor, but very little exposition.’ – Spurgeon  

This Allen was not the one that translated Calvin’s Institutes.  James Darling said that Allen was an Antinomian (one who believes that Christians are not bound by moral injunctions).  Antinomians, not believing that moral injunctions should be derived from God’s Word, often replaced this large aspect of Scripture’s teaching with finding Christ everywhere in the Bible, especially the Old Testament. 

Bennett, William Henry – Exposition of Chronicles  1894  480 pp.  in The Expositor’s Bible  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

Bush, George – Scripture Questions Designed Principally for Adult Bible Classes: Deut.-Esther

Bush was a Biblical scholar, a professor of oriental literature in New York City University, and initially a presbyterian minister.

Rawlinson, George – The Kings of Israel and Judah  1889  260 pp.  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

Rawlinson was a Bible-believing conservative.



Fleming, John D. – Israel’s Golden Age: The Story of the United Kingdom  1907  160 pp.  in Handbooks for Bible Classes, ed. Dods & Whyte

Fleming has some liberal tendencies and his exposition is not spiritual.



Myers, Jacob – The Anchor Bible: 1 & 2 Chronicles  Buy 

‘Attempts to validate the text, focuses upon the theology of II Chronicles, and is particularly helpful for the way the writer blends archaeological data with the narrative.’ –  Cyril J. Barber



The Early Church on 1 Chronicles


Conti, Marco – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther  Buy



Harmonies of the Kings

Crockett, William Day – The Books of the Kings of Judah and Israel: A Harmony of the Books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles  1897  350 pp.

‘An attempt to reconcile and correlate the history of the Books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles into chronological sequence.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Geneste, Maximillian – The Parallel Histories of Judah and Israel, with copious explanatory notes, vol. 1, 2  1843  A commentary is given on the relevant scripture texts, which are arranged in a harmony.  Relevant sections from the books of the prophets are included also.



The Authenticity of Chronicles

Stuart, Alexander Moody – ‘The Fallacy of the Argument from Silence, and the Truth of the Chronicles’  1882  20 pp.  being ch. 4 of Israel’s Lawgiver: his Narrative True and his Laws Genuine  1882  203 pp.



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Heman  1 Chron. 15-16, 25

Whyte, Alexander – Heman  in Bible Characters, vol. 1  d. 1921




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