7.1.Introductory Issues in 1-2 ChroniclesAccording to Wilcock (1994), many have believed that Ezra had writtenChronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah fairly soon after the return from exile. Thisis stated through the king of Persia, who conquered Babylon in 530 BCandcaused many Jews who lived in these exile territories to return to their ownland. But Chronicles can also be dated some time later in the fourthcentury BC, for if this statement is correct the author of these books isunknown. He is usually called ‘the Chronicler’, and his book was intendedfor the Jewish community which had settled back in Jerusalem, with therebuilt of the temple and priests of Aaron’s line. Regarding the purpose of Chronicles, we note that the Chronicler devotesto theology of the truths about God and of the people of God. The fact thathe concentrates on the royal line of David and on Solomon’s temple ismerely not just for encouragement to be whole heartedly involved, but thatGod governs His people and how they relate to Him. He also pictured anideal 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 Books7.2.The Historical Circumstances of the ChroniclerThe Chronicler’s theology is about God’s truth and the people of God whoare special to Him. The Chronicler’s concentration is on the royal line ofDavid, therefore on the Jerusalem centred kingdom. He also emphasizeson two facts, the way God governs His people and how they relate to Him.The circumstances were very difficult to explain, because the account ofhappenings was already portrayed in Kings. Therefore the Chroniclerfound a way to explain the view of the divided kingdom on his own. TheNorth side of the kingdom was called Israel and the South side was calledJudah. The Chronicler used the phrase ‘Israel’ as to speak of thepossibility of reunification if the North would return and the South wouldn’trebel. The Chronicler’s hopes for his own age and his message for laterages 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 acrossthe generations, and at a deeper level by his constant interest inunchanging principles. The Chronicler painted the picture of all thedifferent lines, from Adam to Noah, Abraham and David. To form the biggerpicture, that is Jesus Christ through David. 13:1–14:1 AbijahChronicles gives three times more space to Abijah than Kings does; Kingsdismisses him briefly as a bad king (1 Ki. 15:1–8). Certainly the queenmother’s influence cannot have been good (15:16). He would have beenquite undistinguished, except for the incident Chronicles relates.
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