Commentaries on 1 Thessalonians

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



1 and 2 Thessalonians (WBC) by F.F. Bruce


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 1 Thessalonians

D.A. Carson: “especially valuable in its introductory remarks, its careful delineation of the background, and its useful excursus on the Antichrist”

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a solid commentary based on the Greek text”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; “The fruits of a lifetime of New Testament study shine through on every page. Highly recommended.”

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The Letters to the Thessalonians (PNTC) by Gene L. Green


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 1 Thessalonians; offers “exegetical detail” and “considerable expertise in the Hellenistic context”

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “useful exposition of the letters”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; “probably the best commentary on these letters currently available”

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The Epistle to the Thessalonians (NIGNT) by Charles A. Wanamaker


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “for students and pastors who can handle Greek, this commentary falls into the ‘must’ column”

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical and helpful exposition”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Thessalonians; “a very useful work for those doing in-depth study”

Audience:

From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.”



1-2 Thessalonians (IVPNTC) by G.K. Beale


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Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on 1 Thessalonians; a “mix of exegesis, theology, and hints at contemporary application”

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “the best non-technical commentaries for pastors”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; “Beale always has interesting food for thought”

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The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians (NICNT) by Gordon Fee


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a solid commentary based on the Greek text”

Audience:

From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.”



1 and 2 Thessalonians (NIVAC) by Michael W. Holmes


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

D.A. Carson: “judicious in its pastoral application”

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The Letters to the Thessalonians (AB) by Abraham J. Malherbe


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a fine commentary by an expert in Hellenistic literature”

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (SRC) by Ben Witherington III


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; “The primary benefit of reading Witherington’s commentaries is the wealth of contextual background information he provides”

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1-2 Thessalonians (BECNT) by Jefferey A.D. Weima


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary” on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (ZECNT) by Gary S. Shogren


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “may well become the pastor’s first recourse to a Greek-language commentary of these epistles…unusually accessible”

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (NCB) by I. Howard Marshall


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a brief and insightful exposition of the letters”

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Epistles to the Thessalonians (HNTC) by Ernest Best


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a thorough investigation of various exegetical options”

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (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



1–2 Thessalonians (Preaching the Word) by James H. Grant Jr.


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Message of 1 and 2 Thessalonians (BST) by John Stott


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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 Thessalonians (THNTC) by Andy Johnson


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1 and 2 Thessalonians (TNTC) by Leon Morris


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1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (HNTC) by Knute Larson


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



1 and 2 Thessalonians (MNTC) by John MacArthur


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