Commentaries on 2 Samuel

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 2 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 2 Samuel



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

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

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 2 Samuel, “a great example of Baldwin’s high quality work. A very good introductory-intermediate level commentary.”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.”



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


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Reviews and 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 2 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.”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.”



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 2 Samuel, “probably the most helpful intermediate level commentary on the books of Samuel”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Apollos Old Testament Commentary (AOTC) aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and it shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. Written by an international team of scholars and edited by David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, these commentaries are intended to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, as well as scholars and all serious students of the Bible.”



2 Samuel (Focus) by Dale Ralph Davis


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 Samuel, “written at a level accessible to the layman…numerous insights for pastors and teachers that other commentaries overlook”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “These commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their speciality subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.”



1 and 2 Samuel (Interpretation) by Walter Brueggemann


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”



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


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Reviews and Accolades:

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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Robert P. Gordon has provided us with a substantial commentary on the English text of the books of Samuel, concentrating on exegesis, but also paying attention to linguistic and textual problems. “I have not tried to “Christianize” 1 and 2 Samuel at every conceivable point. Often as I have sought to show in the brief introductory section comparison; and the only way to arrive at sensible conclusions in this matter is first to appreciate the Old Testament for its own sake- that is in its own literary, historical, cultural and theological contexts. That is principally what this commentary is about.”



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



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


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: The Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.”



2 Samuel (Preaching the Word) by John Woodhouse


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “For years, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible. Under the careful editorial oversight of experienced pastor and best-selling author R. Kent Hughes, this series is known for its commitment to biblical authority, its pastoral tone and focus, and its overall accessibility.”



1 and 2 Samuel (For Everyone) by John Goldingay


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “John Goldingay, an internationally respected Old Testament scholar, authors this ambitious Old Testament for Everyone series. Covering Scripture from Genesis to Malachi, Goldingay addresses the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school preparation, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern reader.”



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


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Story of God Bible Commentary is a new commentary for today’s world. It’s the first commentary series to explain and illuminate each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. This “story-centric” approach makes SGBC a fruitful resource for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and everyday readers.”



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


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: This series “takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition presented as sermons and divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect and Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



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


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written by accomplished scholars with all students of Scripture in mind, this innovative new commentary series is designed to make quality Bible study more accessible. Pastors, professors and students of Scripture are discovering that this commentary is a wonderful new tool for enhancing interpretation. All volumes include these features to support interpretation: insightful sidebars in four categories, a wealth of fine art visuals, and a CD-ROM containing all the text and images of the volume in a searchable format.”



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


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “No other reference series gets to the heart of the Old Testament as efficiently as the Holman Old Testament Commentary. When a reader’s time allows, the series offers a detailed interpretation based on the popular New International Version text. When time is short, it delivers an essential understanding of the Old Testament with unsurpassed clarity and convenience.”



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


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



2 Samuel (WBC) by A.A. Anderson


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



2 Samuel (CC) by Andrew E. Steinmann


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.”



1 and 2 Samuel (CBC) by Robert Vannoy


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, accessible evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Presenting the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text, each volume equips pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge so they can better understand and apply God’s Word.”



Technical and Critical Commentaries



2 Samuel (Anchor) by P. Kyle McCarter, Jr.


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Best for: scholars

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.”



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



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


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”