1 and 2 Chronicles: Volume 1: 1 Chronicles 1-2 Chronicles 9: by William Johnstone

By William Johnstone

This two-part statement argues that Chronicles, put because it is without doubt one of the 'historical books' within the conventional previous testomony of the Christian church, is way misunderstood. Restored to its right place because the ultimate booklet within the canon as prepared within the order of the Hebrew Bible, it is vitally to be understood as a piece of theology basically directed in the direction of the longer term. The Chronicler starts off his paintings with the matter dealing with the entire human race in Adam-the forfeiture of the proper of ideal oneness with God's goal. He explores the potential for the recovery of that perfect via Israel's position on the centre of the area of the countries. This portrayal reaches its climax in an idealized presentation of the reign of Solomon, within which the entire rulers of the earth, together with such a lot famously the Queen of Sheba, deliver their tribute in acknowledgment of Israel's prestige (Volume 1). As next heritage simply too truly indicates, besides 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 related countries of the realm. however the Chronicler's message is one among wish. via an intensive transformation of the chronology of Israel's prior into theological phrases, the new release whom the Chronicler addresses turns into the 50th because Adam. it's the new release to whom the jubilee of go back to the land via a superbly enabled obedience to Torah, and therefore the recovery of the primal excellent of the human race, is announced.

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Thus, allusively and indirectly, the theme of the whole work has been sounded. 2. S. Japhet, I & II Chronicles (London: SCM Press, 1993), pp. 63-64. 1 Chronicles 1-2 Chronicles 9 36 The Narrowing Line of Choice: The Pattern of the Generations ADAM A Ten Generations B NOAH (3 branches, 74 names) Ham SHEM Japhet A Ten Generations B ABRAHAM (3 branches, 24 names) ISAAC Ishmael (2 branches, 65 names) Esau Keturah ISRAEL The pattern of use of the parent source in Genesis is ABAB: A, severe reduction to a mere list of names; B, close reproduction.

In order to make that clear a new, pyramidal, arrangement of the tribes has to be worked out. Levi is supported on either side by the tribes adopted by Israel as his first-born after the failure of Reuben and the inadequacy of Judah—the sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen. 48). The tribes in ch. 5 thus climax appropriately in the half-tribe of Manasseh: they are involved in exemplary incidents of how the sovereignty of God may be expressed and recognized on earth, but also in cautionary incidents of defrauding God, which require precisely the agency of the Levites to restore, as is indicated in ch.

Just as Judah, the tribe from which the royal house of David springs, heads the first list of tribes, so Benjamin, from which the unsuccessful first attempt at monarchy—that of Saul—emerged, heads the last list of tribes, and also concludes that last list in order to form the link into the story of the unsuccessful monarchy which begins in 1 Chronicles 10 with the reign of Saul, the Benjaminite. Another factor in this arrangement is that Judah and Benjamin conjointly constitute the southern kingdom, the part of Israel to survive longest in the land.

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