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7.1. Introductory Issues in 1-2 Chronicles According to Wilcock (1994), many have believed that Ezra had written Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah fairly soon after the return from exile. This is stated through the king of Persia, who conquered Babylon in 530 BC and caused many Jews who lived in these exile territories to return to their own land. But Chronicles can also be dated some time later in the fourth century BC , for if this statement is correct the author of these books is unknown. He is usually called ‘the Chronicler’, and his book was intended for the Jewish community which had settled back in Jerusalem, with the rebuilt of the temple and priests of Aaron’s line. Regarding the purpose of Chronicles, we note that the Chronicler devotes to theology of the truths about God and of the people of God. The fact that he concentrates on the royal line of David and on Solomon’s temple is merely not just for encouragement to be whole heartedly involved, but that God governs His people and how they relate to Him. He also pictured an ideal kingship in the form of the successive reigns of David and Solomon. Lastly we find obedience and disobedience have inevitable effects, Wilcock (1994). - 1 -
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ReadGHL_Historical Books 7.2. The Historical Circumstances of the Chronicler The Chronicler’s theology is about God’s truth and the people of God who are special to Him. The Chronicler’s concentration is on the royal line of David, therefore on the Jerusalem centred kingdom. He also emphasizes on two facts, the way God governs His people and how they relate to Him. The circumstances were very difficult to explain, because the account of happenings was already portrayed in Kings. Therefore the Chronicler found a way to explain the view of the divided kingdom on his own. The North side of the kingdom was called Israel and the South side was called Judah. The Chronicler used the phrase ‘Israel’ as to speak of the possibility of reunification if the North would return and the South wouldn’t rebel. The Chronicler’s hopes for his own age and his message for later ages include all this. One is continuity, which is brought forth by the name- lists of his first nine chapters, binding the people of God together across the generations, and at a deeper level by his constant interest in unchanging principles. The Chronicler painted the picture of all the different lines, from Adam to Noah, Abraham and David. To form the bigger picture, that is Jesus Christ through David. 13:1–14:1 Abijah Chronicles gives three times more space to Abijah than Kings does; Kings dismisses him briefly as a bad king (1 Ki. 15:1–8). Certainly the queen mother’s influence cannot have been good (15:16). He would have been quite undistinguished, except for the incident Chronicles relates.
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  • Fall '19
  • Tanakh, Book of Esther, Ketuvim, Book of Ezra, Books of Chronicles, Book of Nehemiah

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