Biblical Bibliographies
Charles Conroy [www.cjconroy.net]



First and Second Kings: Commentaries (post-1800)



The bibliography is divided into two sections as follows:

I.    Commentaries published between 1800 and 1949

Barnes, W. E., The First Book of Kings. New edition (CBSC; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1908). [replaced the work of Lumby 1886, see below]

Barnes, W. E., The Second Book of Kings. New edition (CBSC; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1908). [replaced the work of Lumby 1887 see below]

Benzinger, I., Die Bücher der Könige (KHC IX; Freiburg im Breisgau – Leipzig – Tübingen: Mohr [Siebeck], 1899).

Burney, C. F., Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Books of Kings, with an Introduction and Appendix (Oxford: Clarendon, 1903). Reprinted with his Judges commentary: Burney, C. F., The Book of Judges, with Introduction and Notes, and Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Books of Kings, with an Introduction and Appendix. Prolegomenon by W. F. Albright (Library of Biblical Studies; New York: Ktav, 1970). [Albright’s "Prolegomenon" is on pp. 1-38]

Eißfeldt, O., "Die Bücher der Könige", in E. Kautzsch – A. Bertholet (eds.), Die Heilige Schrift des Alten Testaments. Erster Band: 1. Mose bis Ezechiel (Tübingen: Mohr [Siebeck], 1922) 492-585.

Farrar, F. W., The First Book of Kings (Expositor's Bible; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1893).

Farrar, F. W., The Second Book of Kings (Expositor's Bible; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1894).

Gelderen, C. van – W. H. Gispen, De boeken der Koningen opnieuw uit den grondtekst vertaald en verklaard. 4 vol. (Korte verklaring der Heilige Schrift met nieuwe vertaling; Kampen: Kok, 1926-1956). [the commentary appeared in four parts, the first three by C. van Gelderen, the fourth by W. H. Gispen: (1) 1 Koningen 1-11 (1926); (2) 1 Koningen 12-22 en 2 Koningen 1-4 (1936); (3) 2 Koningen 5-17 (1947); (4) 2 Koningen 18-25 (1956)]

Greßmann, H., Die älteste Geschichtsschreibung und Prophetie Israels (von Samuel bis Amos und Hosea) übersetzt, erklärt und mit Einleitungen versehen. 2., stark umgearbeitete Auflage (SAT II/1; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1921). [first ed. 1910]

Keil, C. F., Biblischer Commentar über die prophetischen Geschichtsbücher des Alten Testaments, 3: Die Bücher der Könige. 2., verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage (BCAT II/3; Leipzig: Dörffling und Franke, 1876). [first ed. 1865] English version: Keil, C. F., 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles (Commentary on the Old Testament by C. F. Keil and F. Delitzsch, vol. 3; Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006). [reprint of the original 19th cent. translation (Edinburgh: Clark) with some editorial improvements]

Kittel, R., Die Bücher der Könige (HKAT I/5; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1900).

Klostermann, A., Die Bücher Samuelis und der Könige (KK.AT 3; Nordlingen: Beck, 1887).

Landersdorfer, S. K., Die Bücher der Könige (HSAT III/2; Bonn: Hanstein, 1927).

Lumby, J. R., The First Book of Kings (CBSC; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1886). [later replaced by Barnes, see above]

Lumby, J. R., The Second Book of Kings (CBSC; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1887). [later replaced by Barnes, see above]

Šanda, A., Die Bücher der Könige. 1. Halbband: Das erste Buch der Könige (EHAT 9/1; Münster in Westfalen: Aschendorff, 1911).

Šanda, A., Die Bücher der Könige. 2. Halbband: Das zweite Buch der Könige (EHAT 9/2; Münster in Westfalen: Aschendorff, 1912).

Schlögl, N., Die Bücher der Könige (drittes und viertes, hebr. erstes und zweites). Die Bücher der Chronik (Kurzgefasster wissenschaftlicher Commentar zu den Heiligen Schriften des Alten Testamentes, I.3.II; Wien: Mayer, 1911).

Skinner, J., Kings: Introduction, Revised Version with Notes, Index and Map (The Century Bible; Edinburgh & London: T. C. & E. C. Jack, [1904]).

Stade, B. – F. Schwally, The Books of Kings (SBOT 9; Leipzig: Hinrichs; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins; London: Nutt, 1904).

Thenius, O., Die Bücher der Könige. Zweite Auflage (KEH 9; Leipzig: Hirzel, 1873). [first ed. 1849]

II.    Commentaries published from 1950 to the present

Alonso Schökel, L., Reyes (Los Libros Sagrados, 5; Madrid: Ediciones Cristiandad, 1973).

Arnaldich, L., "Libros de los Reyes", in Biblia comentada, texto de la Nácar-Colunga. Vol. II: Libros históricos del Antiguo Testamento (BAC 201; Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1961) 364-548.

Barnes, W. H., 1-2 Kings (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, 4b; Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2012).

Born, A. van den, Koningen I en II uit de grondtekst vertaald en uitgelegd (BOT IV/2; Roermond en Maaseik: Romen & Zonen, 1958).

Brongers, H. A., I Koningen (De Prediking van het Oude Testament; Nijkerk: Callenbach, 1967).

Brongers, H. A., II Koningen (De Prediking van het Oude Testament; Nijkerk: Callenbach, 1970).

Brueggemann, W., 1 & 2 Kings (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary, 8; Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2000).

Buis, P., Le Livre des Rois (Sources bibliques; Paris: Gabalda, 1997).

Cogan, M., 1 Kings: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (AB 10; New York: Doubleday, 2001).

Cogan, M. – H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB 11; New York: Doubleday, 1988).

Cohn, R. L., 2 Kings (Berit Olam. Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press / Michael Glazier, 2000). [for the commentary on 1 Kgs in this series see s.v. Walsh below]

Conroy, C., 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, with an Excursus on Davidic Dynasty and Holy City Zion (OTM 6; Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier; Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1983). [Korean translation 2006]

De Vries, S. J., 1 Kings (WBC 12; Waco, TX: Word Books, 1985). Second edition: Nashville, TN: Nelson, 2003 [with a new 20-page "Supplement to the Revised (2003) Edition" (lxv-lxxxiv), comprising an extensive "Supplemental Bibliography" (lxv-lxxix) and a "Critique of 'Postmodern' Negativism regarding the Old Testament as a Source of Reliable Historical Information" (lxxix-lxxxiv)]. [for 2 Kgs in this series see s.v. Hobbs below]

Fichtner, J., Das erste Buch von den Köningen. Nach dem Tode des Verfassers hrsg. von K. D. Fricke (BAT 12/1; Stuttgart: Calwer, 1964). [for the second volume see s.v. Fricke below]

Fretheim, T. E., First and Second Kings (Westminster Bible Companion; Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1999).

Fricke, K. D., Das zweite Buch von den Köningen (BAT 12/2; Stuttgart: Calwer, 1972).

Fritz, V., Das Erste Buch der Könige (ZBK AT 10/1; Zürich: Theologischer Verlag, 1996).

Fritz, V., Das Zweite Buch der Könige (ZBK AT 10/2; Zürich: Theologischer Verlag, 1998).

Fritz, V., 1 & 2 Kings (Continental Commentary Series; Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2003). [translation of the two above-mentioned German volumes]

Garofalo, S., Il libro dei Re (La Sacra Bibbia; Torino – Roma: Marietti, 1951).

Gelderen, C. van – W. H. Gispen, De boeken der Koningen opnieuw uit den grondtekst vertaald en verklaard. 4 vol. (Korte verklaring der Heilige Schrift met nieuwe vertaling; Kampen: Kok, 1926-1956). [the commentary appeared in four parts, the first three by C. van Gelderen, the fourth by W. H. Gispen: (1) 1 Koningen 1-11 (1926); (2) 1 Koningen 12-22 en 2 Koningen 1-4 (1936); (3) 2 Koningen 5-17 (1947); (4) 2 Koningen 18-25 (1956)]

Gray, J., I & II Kings: A Commentary. Third, fully revised, edition (OTL; London: SCM, 1977). [first ed. 1964; second, fully revised, ed. 1970]

Hens-Piazza, G., 1-2 Kings (Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries; Nashville: Abingdon, 2006).

Hentschel, G., 1 Könige (NEchtB AT 10; Würzburg: Echter, 1984).

Hentschel, G., 2 Könige (NEchtB AT 11; Würzburg: Echter, 1985).

Hobbs, T. R., 2 Kings (WBC 13; Waco, TX: Word Books, 1985). [for 1 Kgs in this series see s.v. De Vries above]

Honor, L. L., Book of Kings, 1: A Commentary (The Jewish Commentary for Bible Readers; New York: Union of American Jewish Congregations, 1955).

House, P. R., 1, 2 Kings (NAC 8; Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman, 1995).

Jeyaraj, J. B., 1 & 2 Kings (Asia Bible Commentary; Carlisle: Langham Global Library, 2022).

Jones, G. H., 1 and 2 Kings. Vol. I: 1 Kings 1–16:34 (NCBC; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1984).

Jones, G. H., 1 and 2 Kings. Vol. II: 1 Kings 17:1–2 Kings 25:30 (NCBC; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1984).

Ketter, P., Die Königsbücher übersetzt und erklärt (Herders Bibelkommentar, III/2; Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder, 1953).

Knauf, E. A., 1 Könige 1-14, übersetzt und ausgelegt (HTKAT; Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder, 2016).

Knauf, E. A., 1 Könige 15-22, übersetzt und ausgelegt (HTKAT; Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder, 2019).

Laffey, A. L., First and Second Kings (New Collegeville Bible Commentary, 9; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012).

Lamb, D. T., 1 & 2 Kings (The Story of God Bible Commentary; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, 2021).

Leithart, P. J., 1 and 2 Kings (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible; Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2006).

Long, B. O., 1 Kings, with an Introduction to Historical Literature (FOTL 9; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1984).

Long, B. O., 2 Kings (FOTL 10; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991).

Maier, W. A., 1 Kings 1-11 (Concordia Commentary, A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture; Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2018).

Maier, W. A., 1 Kings 12-22 (Concordia Commentary, A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture; Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2019).

McKenzie, S. L., 1 Kings 16 – 2 Kings 16 (IECOT; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2019). German version: 1 Könige 16 – 2 Könige 16 (IEKAT; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2021).

Médebielle, A., "Les Livres des Rois (III et IV des Rois, selon la Vulgate)", in A. Gelin – R. Tamisier – A. Médebielle, Josué, Juges, Ruth, Rois. Nouvelle édition revue (La Sainte Bible [Pirot-Clamer], III; Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1955) 563-827. [first ed. 1949]

Merlo, P., Re: introduzione, traduzione e commento (Nuova versione della Bibbia dai testi antichi, 9; Cinisello Balsamo [MI]: San Paolo, 2020).

Montgomery, J. A., A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Books of Kings. Edited by H. S. Gehman (ICC; Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1951). [Gehman acted as Editor for the final stages of preparation of Montgomery's text; the latter died in 1949.]

Mulder, M. J., Koningen, Deel 1: 1 Koningen 1-7 (Commentar op het Oude Testament; Kampen: Kok, 1987). [no other volumes appeared in the Kings commentary]

Mulder, M. J., 1 Kings, Vol. 1: 1 Kings 1-11. Translated from the Dutch by J. Vriend (HCOT; Leuven: Peeters, 1998).

Nelson, R. D., First and Second Kings (Interpretation, a Bible commentary for teaching and preaching; Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1987). Italian version: I e II Re. Edizione italiana a cura di F. Jourdan Comba (Strumenti. Commentari; Torino: Claudiana, 2010).

Nobile, M., 1-2 Re: nuova versione, introduzione e commento (I libri biblici. Primo Testamento, 9; Milano: Paoline, 2010).

Noth, M., Könige. 1. Teilband [1. Könige 1-16] (BKAT IX/1; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1968). [for BKAT IX/2 see s.v. Thiel below]

O'Kane, M., 1 and 2 Kings: A Visual Commentary (HBM 103; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2023).

Osty, É. – J. Trinquet, Premier et deuxième livre des Rois [Suivi de "Les Livres des Rois en images"] (La Bible A 7; Lausanne: Éditions Rencontre, 1970).

Park, S.-M. S., 2 Kings (Wisdom Commentary, 12; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019).

Patterson, R. D. – H. J. Austel, "1 and 2 Kings", in R. F. Youngblood – R. D. Patterson – H. J. Austel, 1 Samuel – 2 Kings (Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary, 3; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, 2010).

Provan, I. W., 1 and 2 Kings (New International Bible Commentary, 7; Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1995).

Rehm, M., Das erste Buch der Könige: ein Kommentar (Würzburg: Echter-Verlag, 1979).

Rehm, M., Das zweite Buch der Könige: ein Kommentar (Würzburg: Echter-Verlag, 1982).

Rice, G., Nations under God: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Kings (ITC; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; Edinburgh: Handsel, 1990).

Robinson, J., The First Book of Kings (Cambridge Bible Commentary on the New English Bible; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972).

Robinson, J., The Second Book of Kings (Cambridge Bible Commentary on the New English Bible; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976).

Rodriguez Molero, F. X., "Los dos libros de los Reyes", in La Sagrada Escritura. Texto y comentario por profesores de la Compañía de Jesús. Antiguo Testamento, II: Conquista de Canáan y monarquía (Josué, Jueces, Rut, Samuel, Reyes y Crónicas) (BAC 281; Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1968) 521-758.

Rolla, A., Libri dei Re: versione, introduzione, note (NVB 9; Roma: Edizioni Paoline, 1971).

Schmid, H., Das erste Buch der Könige (Wuppertaler Studienbibel – Altes Testament; Wuppertal: Brockhaus, 2000).

Seow, C.-L., "The First and Second Books of Kings", in L. E. Keck (gen. ed.), The New Interpreter's Bible, Volume III: The First and Second Books of Kings; The First and Second Books of Chronicles; The Book of Ezra; The Book of Nehemiah; The Book of Esther; Additions to Esther; The Book of Tobit; The Book of Judith (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1999) 3-295.

Slotki, I. W., Kings: Hebrew Text and English Translation with an Introduction and Commentary (Soncino Books of the Bible, 14; London: Soncino, 1950).

Slotki, I. W. – E. Oratz, Kings: Hebrew Text and English Translation with an Introduction and Commentary. Revised edition (Soncino Books of the Bible; London: Soncino, 1990).

Smelik, K. A. D., 1 Koningen (Belichting van het bijbelboek; s'-Hertogenbosch: Katholieke Bijbelstichting, 1993).

Smelik, K. A. D., 2 Koningen (Belichting van het bijbelboek; s'-Hertogenbosch: Katholieke Bijbelstichting, 1994).

Snaith, N. H. – R. W. Sockman – R. Calkins, "The First and Second Books of Kings", in G. A. Buttrick (gen. ed.), The Interpreter's Bible, Vol. III: Kings. Chronicles. Ezra. Nehemiah. Esther. Job (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1954) 1-338.

Sweeney, M. A., First and Second Kings: A Commentary (OTL; Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2007).

Thiel, W., Könige. 2. Teilband: 1. Könige 17,1-22,54 (BKAT IX/2; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019). [for BKAT IX/1 see s.v. Noth above]

Vaux, R. de, Les livres des Rois, 2ème édition revue (SBJ 9; Paris: Cerf, 1958). [first ed. 1949]

Walsh, J. T., 1 Kings (Berit Olam. Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press / Michael Glazier, 1996). [for the commentary on 2 Kgs in this series see s.v. Cohn above]

Werlitz, J., Die Bücher der Könige (Neuer Stuttgarter Kommentar. Altes Testament, 8; Stuttgart: Katholisches Bibelwerk, 2002).

Wijk-Bos, J. W. H. van, The Land and Its Kings: 1–2 Kings (A People and a Land, 3; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2020).

Wiseman, D. J., 1 and 2 Kings: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 9; Leicester: Inter-Varsity; Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 1993). Paperback reprint: Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008 [the original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger format with the new cover design for the series.]

Wray Beal, L. M., 1 and 2 Kings (Apollos Old Testament Commentary; Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014).

Würthwein, E., Die Bücher der Könige: Das erste Buch der Könige, Kapitel 1-16. 2., durchgesehene und überarbeitete Auflage (ATD 11/1; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1985). [first ed. 1977]

Würthwein, E., Die Bücher der Könige: 1. Kön. 17 – 2. Kön. 25 (ATD 11/2; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1984).