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A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles by Eugene H. Merrill


The trauma of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, the exile of thousands of Judea’s citizens, and the subsequent return after seventy years to the homeland with the difficult task of starting the new covenant community virtually from scratch–all contributed to a reassessment of Israel’s meaning and destiny. The chronicler-theologian thus composed his work not just as a history of his people from their ancient beginnings but as an interpreted history, one designed to offer hope to the beleaguered community as well as to issue warnings that should they fall back into the ways of their fathers they could expect the judgment of God to be repeated.


Eugene Merrill’s work on 1 and 2 Chronicles promises to be a significant contribution to the academic dialogue on these important books. This volume is helpful for the scholar but accessible and useful for the pastor. Merrill provides an exegetical study of each passage in these books, examining a number of themes, especially drawing out three principal theological subjects: (1) David and his historical and eschatological reign; (2) the renewal of the everlasting covenant; and (3) the new temple as a symbol of a reconstituted people. Merrill offers astute guidance to preachers and teachers in his insightful doctrinal commentary on the text.(From the Publisher’s Website)



Why did this book interest me?

The history of the nation of Israel is but a smaller part of a larger story: namely the redemption of God’s people. In it we see God’s hand masterfully weaving the events and preserving His people. Rich narratives and stunning prayers are contained in the pages of 1 and 2 Chronicles. So naturally when I saw that Kregel had published this commentary on these books, I was immediately interested. To add to the draw of this commentary was the man chosen to exegete these books for us: Eugene Merrill.

What did I like about this book?

This book is part of an outstanding series that Kregel is publishing called Kregel Exegetical Library. I have read 5 books in this series so far and they are my favorite reference material on the Old Testament. This book, like its companions is very thorough in its exegesis of the text. This particular volume includes 13 charts, 12 excurses, 9 theological discourses, and an analysis of 2 hymns and 5 prayers contained in these historical books. It is full of helpful footnotes that help provide more in depth comments and resources for study. This commentary is immensely helpful to the preacher, teacher, and student of the Bible. Eugene Merrill is a faithful expositor who has spent a lifetime equipping students to teach and preach. This commentary is conservative and faithful to the authority of scriptures.

I highly recommend this to all who want to understand these historical books more fully. The reader will be richly rewarded for the time they spend in the pages of this book. Thank you Kregel and Eugene Merrill for this excellent commentary.

Book Details:


  • Author: Eugene H. Merrill
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 640
  • ISBN#: 9780825425592
  • List Price: $39.99



About the Author:

Eugene H. Merrill is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. His other publications include Kingdom of Priests. (From the Publisher’s Website)

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Kregel in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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