2009-04-03-OT12 - OT April 3, 2009 1 Chron 29:11 prayer...

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OT April 3, 2009 1 Chron 29:11 prayer Shape of the ending of the Hebrew Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah and Chronicles They have a relationship with each other. Maybe not written by a single writer, but they have a lot of overlap. We are missing something to the Jews who have put this as the end of the Taneukh writings. The Book of Chronicles has a lot to do with our liturgies… we have this in our unconscious. Then David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly; David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of our ancestor Israel, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name. Also think of the choices that the Church did not make. The Christian Bible ends with Malachi – pointing to the NT. The Jewish Bible ends with one of the longest retrospection in the whole Bible: from Creation to Solomon’s decree. Here current idea is that the function of EN and Chron is to examine the recap of creation history, and to set forth the Similar to our Gospels and Acts. Nehemiah proceeded Ezra? It’s crucial for us to know that this about Xertes II , but rather Xertes I. The memoir of the governorship. The Canon puts Ezra first. We can’t say. In canonical terms, Ezra, the priest, the scribe… proceeds Nehemiah, the governor. Ezra: 538 BC Cyrus’ decree; the return of the exiles to Jerusalem, Haggai and Zacchariah, and then Ezra’s journey to Jerusalem, his repentance and confession of sins to the whole community. The very
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last part of Ezra involves a legal proceeding against the men who have brought foreign wives into the worshipping community. In Nehemiah : his memoirs. . his journey to Susa to Jerusalem and his rebuilding of the city wall. Beginning in 7:6 to the end, we have his recapitulation of the Jews from exile, the return of the Ezra… but it tells us more than the book of Ezra. In Nehemiah we hear Ezra reading the Torah to the assembly, lists of priests and Levites… Nehemiah 13: first person voice. The last couple of verses: And I purged them. I made them ritually clean from every foreign element. And I set up the worships for the priests and Levites, each one of them, and the wood offerings in its appointed time, and the first fruits offering. Remember this, my God, to my good. Notice the order: Ezra and his journey to Jerusalem. Then Nehemiah, then Ezra reading the Torah, and then Nehemiah again. Everything that Nehemiah does reads as a fulfillment of Ezra’s Torah
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course OT 12 taught by Professor Ellendavis during the Spring '09 term at Duke.

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2009-04-03-OT12 - OT April 3, 2009 1 Chron 29:11 prayer...

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