Nov 12, 2010

The Theology of Chronicles

“It is easy for modern readers to get lost in the repetitiveness of Chronicles’s lists and genealogies and fail to appreciate its theological nature. But Chronicles is, above all, a theological work. The interest in presenting a theological interpretation of history somewhat different from that already available in the Deuteronomistic History is what drove the Chronicler to write this work in the first place. There are four widely recognized theological emphases in Chronicles. They are: Davidic-Solomonic kingship, the temple, ‘all Israel,’ and divine retribution and reward.”

Steven L. McKenzie, 1-2 Chronicles, Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries (Nashville: Abingdon, 2004), 47.

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