New PDF release: 1 and 2 Chronicles: Volume 2: 2 Chronicles 10-36: Guilt and

By William Johnstone

ISBN-10: 1850756945

ISBN-13: 9781850756941

This two-part statement argues that Chronicles, put because it is one of the 'historical books' within the conventional outdated testomony of the Christian church, is far misunderstood. Restored to its right place because the ultimate ebook within the canon as prepared within the order of the Hebrew Bible, it is extremely to be understood as a piece of theology primarily directed in the direction of the long run. The Chronicler starts off his paintings with the matter dealing with the full human race in Adam-the forfeiture of the proper of excellent oneness with God's function. He explores the opportunity of the recovery of that excellent via Israel's position on the centre of the realm of the countries. This portrayal reaches its climax in an idealized presentation of the reign of Solomon, during which all of the rulers of the earth, together with such a lot famously the Queen of Sheba, convey their tribute in acknowledgment of Israel's prestige (Volume 1). As next background in simple terms too truly indicates, in spite of the fact that, the Chronicler argues (Volume 2), that Israel itself, via unfaithfulness to Torah, has forfeited its correct to ownership of its land and is forged adrift between those comparable countries of the realm. however the Chronicler's message is one among wish. through an intensive transformation of the chronology of Israel's previous into theological phrases, the iteration whom the Chronicler addresses turns into the 50th due to the fact Adam. it's the new release to whom the jubilee of go back to the land via a superbly enabled obedience to Torah, and hence the recovery of the primal excellent of the human race, is announced.

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Under the supervision of the Levites they can fulfil their obligations to God. They come 'from all the tribes of Israel': although it is only a partial participation, they come, nonetheless, from the ideal twelve tribes, even including those in Jeroboam's breakaway state. In contrast to the vocabulary of rejection, C now uses the vocabulary of commitment: all 'who put their minds to it'. He has already used this turn of phrase in connection with according God his rights in 1 Chron. 19, the climactic verse in David's exhortation to the community leaders at the time of the preparation for building the Temple and the designation of Solomon.

Nothing further is known of Shemaiah: he appears in the Hebrew Bible only here (and in the parallel in Kings) and in the next chapter, 2 Chron. 5, 7, 15. But his name, 'the LORD has heard', is a suitably absolute theological comment on events. Perhaps even Shemaiah's name is intended in this context to mean the imperative 'hear the LORD'—which indeed the people at last do at the end of v. 4. There may also be intended a deliberate contrast with 'the king did not hear the people' of 2 Chron. 15, 16.

The cross-reference can be thereby linked—in syntax, at any rate, despite the chapter, verse and paragraph division—to what goes before: the date now refers to the chronological fact of when Abijah became king in place of his father, rather than to the more theologically sensitive fact of when he became king over Judah. The name of Abijah's mother (v. 2a) is quite different from that given in Kings (and contradicts also C's own information in 2 Chron. '), daughter of Uriel ('my light is God'), as opposed to Maacah, daughter of Absalom.

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