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
The Book of Chronicles has a lot to do with our liturgies… we have this in our
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In canonical terms, Ezra, the priest, the scribe… proceeds
Nehemiah, the governor.
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.