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1 Chronicles begins with a series of genealogies, detailing the ancestral history of Israel.
The majority of 1 Chronicles focuses on the reign of King David.
1 Chronicles is the first half of the Chronicler's version of Israel's history. The Chronicler frequently draws on earlier biblical books for source material. What he includes, omits, and adds compared to these sources show his priorities. The first distinctive feature of 1 Chronicles is the long collection of genealogies in Chapters 1–9, which cover the biblical story from Adam to the last surviving heirs of the Davidic royal line c. 400 BCE. These lists show a keen interest during the Chronicler's time in tracing the family history of Judeans into the distant past.
1 Chronicles presents David as the ideal king and true founder of the temple in Jerusalem. Many events and details of David's rise to power in 1 and 2 Samuel are omitted in 1 Chronicles. Stories that reflect badly on David are left out. Nothing is said about the complex politics between David and Saul that led to David's rise to power. The most vivid story of David's moral failing, his affair with Bathsheba and murder of her husband, is absent from 1 Chronicles. When 1 Chronicles 17 repeats the promise of an eternal dynasty spoken to David by Nathan, it leaves out a statement that God will still punish David when he sins. Solomon's reign also lacks the political intrigue and bloody conflict described in 1 Kings. The Chronicler apparently felt that unpleasant details about David and Solomon either should be suppressed or were just not relevant to the story he wanted to tell.
1 Chronicles also adds new material. The Chronicler describes David preparing to establish the temple in Jerusalem. David organizes every aspect of the temple and its personnel, from its physical design and raw materials to its priests, guards, and professional musicians. Only then does he hand things over to his son Solomon. These details are not found in earlier biblical books. They reflect the significance ascribed to both David and temple institutions in the Chronicler's day.