Commentaries on 1 Samuel

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 1 Samuel 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 Samuel



1 and 2 Samuel (NAC) by Robert D. Bergen


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Accolades:

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

Tremper Longman: “a competent and readable treatment of the narrative”

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1 Samuel (NICOT) by David Toshio Tsumura


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “Tsumura’s strengths are in the areas of history and grammatical study”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 1 Samuel, “best intermediate-advanced level commentary on the first book of Samuel…very well written and very thorough…Tsumura’s expertise in the languages of the ancient Near East is evident throughout”

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1 and 2 Samuel (TOTC) by Joyce G. Baldwin


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “characterized by careful scholarship…writes with the educated lay reader in mind”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 Samuel, “a great example of Baldwin’s high quality work. A very good introductory-intermediate level commentary.”

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1 and 2 Samuel (NIVAC) by Bill T. Arnold


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “[Arnold] does an excellent job revealing the original meaning of the text and bringing it to life for the modern reader”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 Samuel, “The strength of the NIVAC series is its focus on contemporary applications, and Arnold is helpful here, but he is also concerned to deal with the original meaning of the text and does so very well. It is an engaging work.”

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1 and 2 Samuel (LBI) by Robert P. Gordon


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “full of good theological insight”

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1 and 2 Samuel (EBC) by Ronald F. Youngblood


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “a solid commentary that shows good exegetical sense and literary and theological sensitivity”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Samuel, “probably the most helpful intermediate level commentary on the books of Samuel”

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1 Samuel (Focus) by Dale Ralph Davis


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 Samuel, “written at a level accessible to the layman…numerous insights for pastors and teachers that other commentaries overlook”

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1 and 2 Samuel (AOTC) by David G. Firth


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “insightful on its theological teaching”

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1 and 2 Samuel (Interpretation) by Walter Brueggemann


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Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “his writing style is not just engaging but also exciting”

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1 Samuel (REC) by Richard D. Phillips


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Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



1 Samuel (Preaching the Word) by John Woodhouse


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1 and 2 Samuel (For Everyone) by John Goldingay


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1 and 2 Samuel (Teach the Text) by Robert B. Chisholm Jr.


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Exalting Jesus in 1 and 2 Samuel (CCEC) by Heather Thomas and J. D. Greear


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1 and 2 Samuel (SGBC) by Paul S. Evans


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



1 and 2 Samuel (CBC) by Robert Vannoy


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1 Samuel (BTC) by Francesca Aran Murphy


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1 and 2 Samuel (SHBC) by Tony W. Cartledge


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1 and 2 Samuel (HOTC) by Stephen J. Andrews and Robert D. Bergen


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1 Samuel (WBC) by Ralph W. Klein


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1 and 2 Samuel (UBCS) by Mary J. Evans


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1 Samuel by Andrew E. Steinmann (CC)


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



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


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