1 & 2 Chronicles

1 & 2 Chronicles

by Louis C. Jonker

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Overview

Louis Jonker's section-by-section commentary on 1-2 Chronicles is the newest volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. This user-friendly commentary series helps readers navigate the sometimes difficult terrain of the Bible. These volumes offer solid research in an accessible way, breaking down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become clear to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. In this commentary, Jonker reads 1-2 Chronicles as literature which negotiates a new socio-religious identity in a period of political transition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801048258
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Understanding the Bible Commentary Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Louis C. Jonker is professor in Old Testament at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. As a fellow of the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation (Bonn), he has done research at the University of Tübingen on numerous occasions. In his research on Second Temple-period literature, he focuses on the relationship between history-writing and identity negotiation. He has edited various volumes on this topic and has published extensively on the biblical books of Chronicles.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

§1 Let's Start at the Beginning (1 Chron. 1:1-9:44) 29

§1.1 From Adam to Abraham (1 Chron. 1:1-27) 32

§1.2 Abraham's Descendants (1 Chron. 1:28-2:2) 37

§1.3 Focus on Judah and His Famous Descendants (1 Chron. 2:3-4:23) 43

§1.4 Simeon's Descendants (1 Chron. 4:24-43) 55

§1.5 Descendants of Reuben, Gad, and the Half-Tribe of Manasseh (1 Chron. 5:1-26) 58

§1.6 Focus on Levi (1 Chron. 6:1-81) 62

§1.7 Descendants of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher (1 Chron. 7:1-40) 69

§1.8 Focus on Benjamin (1 Chron. 8:1-9:1a) 73

§1.9 Jerusalem's Inhabitants and Cultic Officials (1 Chron. 9:1b-34) 77

§1.10 Saul's Descendants (1 Chron. 9:35-44) 82

Summary of §1 84

§2 David, the First King (1 Chron. 10:1-29:30) 87

§2.1 Saul's Death and the Start of David's Reigns (1 Chron. 10:1-14) 89

§2.2 All-Israel Anoints David at Hebron (1 Chron. 11:1-12:40) 96

§2.3 David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem (1 Chron. 13:1-16:43) 104

§2.4 A House for Yahweh and for David (1 Chron. 17:1-27) 123

§2.5 David's Wars (1 Chron. 18:1-20:8) 130

§2.6 A Place for the Temple (1 Chron. 21:1-22:1) 136

§2.7 David Orders Solomon to Build the Temple (1 Chron. 22:2-19) 143

§2.8 David Organizes the Cultic and Secular Officials (1 Chron. 23:1-27:34) 148

§2.9 Final Arrangements for Building the Temple and Transfer of the Kingdom to Solomon (1 Chron. 28:1-29:25) 159

§2.10 Conclusion to David's Reign (1 Chron. 29:26-30) 166

Summary of §2 167

§3 Solomon, the Man of Peace and Rest (2 Chron. 1:1-9:31) 169

§3.1 God Appears to Solomon at Gibeon (2 Chron. 1:1-17) 171

§3.2 Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple (2 Chron. 2:1-18) 175

§3.3 Solomon Builds the Temple (2 Chron. 3:1-5:1) 179

§3.4 Solomon Dedicates the Temple (2 Chron. 5:2-7:22) 186

§3.5 Solomon's Other Projects (2 Chron. 8:1-18) 195

§3.6 Solomon's International Fame (2 Chron. 9:1-28) 198

§3.7 Solomon's Death (2 Chron. 9:29-31) 202

Summary of §3 203

§4 The Kings of Judah (2 Chron. 10:1-36:23) 205

§4.1 Rehoboam (2 Chron. 10:1-12:16) 208

§4.2 Abijah (2 Chron. 13:1-14:1a) 216

§4.3 Asa (2 Chron. 14:1b-16:14) 221

§4.4 Jehoshaphat (2 Chron. 17:1-21:1) 227

§4.5 Jehoram (2 Chron. 21:2-20) 233

§4.6 Ahaziah (2 Chron. 22:1-9) 238

§4.7 Athaliah and Joash (2 Chron. 22:10-24:27) 240

§4.8 Amaziah (2 Chron. 25:1-28) 248

§4.9 Uzziah (2 Chron. 26:1-23) 254

§4.10 Jotham (2 Chron. 27:1-9) 258

§4.11 Ahaz (2 Chron. 28:1-27) 261

§4.12 Hezekiah (2 Chron. 29:1-32:33) 267

§4.13 Manasseh (2 Chron. 33:1-20) 281

§4.14 Amon (2 Chron. 33:21-25) 284

§4.15 Josiah (2 Chron. 34:1-36:1) 286

§4.16 Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah (2 Chron. 36:2-14) 302

§4.17 The Fall of Jerusalem (2 Chron. 36:15-21) 307

§4.18 Liberation under Emperor Cyrus (2 Chron. 36:22-23) 311

Summary of §4 314

For Further Reading 319

Subject Index 326

Scripture Index 332

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