Commentaries on 1 Kings

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of 1 Kings. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 1 Kings that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.



Top Reviewed Commentaries on 1 Kings



1 and 2 Kings (NAC) by Paul R. House


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 1 and 2 Kings

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “an excellent and clear exposition”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 1 and 2 Kings, “House explores historical, literary, canonical, theological, and applicational concerns thoroughly and competently. Highly recommended.”

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1 and 2 Kings (UBCS) by Iain W. Provan


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “the best available commentary on Kings…the writing is very accessible”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Kings, “[Provan] explores the theological themes of the book within its larger redemptive-historical context. Very readable and useful for pastors and teachers.”

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I Kings (Anchor) by Mordechai Cogan


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “emphasizes history and ancient Near Eastern background but is also sensitive to literary qualities”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 Kings, “written from a somewhat critical perspective and should be used with care, but the author’s knowledge of the ancient Near Eastern context makes these works very helpful for those interested in more technical commentaries”

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1 Kings (Focus) by Dale Ralph Davis


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 Kings, “outstanding…should be on the shelf of every Bible student and pastor”

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1 and 2 Kings (NIVAC) by August H. Konkel


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “readable and insightful…appeals particularly to pastors”

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1 and 2 Kings (TOTC) by Donald J. Wiseman


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 Kings, “accessible to virtually any reader…good introduction to the books of 1 & 2 Kings”

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1 and 2 Kings (SHBC) by Walter Brueggemann


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “Brueggemann is always asking questions that are relevant to church and society today”

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1 and 2 Kings (Interpretation) by Richard Nelson


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Tremper Longman: 4 out 5, “concentrates on theology and literature…he writes in a vivid and engaging style”

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1 and 2 Kings (EvBC) by Robert L. Hubbard


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “an excellent popular commentary”

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1 and 2 Kings (BTCB) by Peter J. Leithart


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Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “a fascinating reading of Kings from an ecclesial, christological (evangelical), and theological point of view”

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1 Kings (REC) by Philip Graham Ryken


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World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Exalting Jesus in 1 and 2 Kings (CCEC) by Tony Merida


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1 and 2 Kings (TPC) by Russell H. Dilday


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1 and 2 Kings (For Everyone) by John Goldingay


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



1 Kings (WBC) by Simon J. DeVries


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1 and 2 Kings (NCBC) by Alice L. Laffey


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1 and 2 Kings (AOTC) by Lissa M. Wray Beal


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1 and 2 Kings (HOTC) by Gary Inrig


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1 and 2 Kings (CBC) by William Barnes


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The Message of Kings by John W. Olley


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Social, Historical, and Cultural Background Commentaries



1 Kings (ZBBC) by John M. Monson


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Technical and Critical Commentaries



1 and 2 Kings (OTL) by Marvin A. Sweeney


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1 and 2 Kings (CCS) by Volkmar Fritz


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



1 and 2 Kings (Thru the Bible) by J. Vernon McGee


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