Download e-book for iPad: 1 and 2 Chronicles: Volume 2: 2 Chronicles 10-36: Guilt and by William Johnstone

By William Johnstone

ISBN-10: 1850756945

ISBN-13: 9781850756941

This two-part remark argues that Chronicles, put because it is without doubt one of the 'historical books' within the conventional previous 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 basically directed in the direction of the long run. The Chronicler starts his paintings with the matter dealing with the entire human race in Adam-the forfeiture of the correct 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 realm 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 so much famously the Queen of Sheba, deliver their tribute in acknowledgment of Israel's prestige (Volume 1). As next heritage merely too in actual fact exhibits, 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 solid adrift between those comparable international locations of the area. however the Chronicler's message is considered one of wish. by way of an intensive transformation of the chronology of Israel's prior into theological phrases, the iteration whom the Chronicler addresses turns into the 50th on account that Adam. it's the iteration to whom the jubilee of go back to the land via a wonderfully enabled obedience to Torah, and therefore the recovery of the primal excellent of the human race, is announced.

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Kings adds at the end, 'all the days of his life': the single engagement here, 'a battle', is understood there as 'war' (cf. v. 3a, which MT links with vv. 1-2 as the end of the sub-paragraph). That is certainly not the point that C wishes to make. While Rehoboam was locked in war with Jeroboam throughout his reign—and that was an indication of his ineffectiveness—Abijah, as C is about to show, in one decisive engagement demonstrates the superiority of his position theologically and, therefore, militarily.

7. 32a and refer to the 'golden calves' which Jeroboam had set up in his new royal sanctuaries of Bethel and Dan and which he had acclaimed as the gods which had delivered Israel from Egypt. The infringement of God's prerogatives could not be starker. Yet in this disaster there is still hope for the true Israel that remains in Judah. It is very striking how this structure for the preservation of the surviving rump of the people of Israel corresponds to the presentation of Israel in the genealogical section in 1 Chronicles 2-8: the outer limits of the people are defined by the tribes of Judah and Benjamin and at the heart of this people the Levites function.

4, for the 1000 chariots and 7000 horsemen and 20,000 infantrymen that David captured from the Aramaean power of Zobah, or 2 Chron. 14 for Solomon's 1400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen). Equally terrifying must have been the exotic appearance of this host: the Libyans, correctly reflecting the ethnic origin of the regime; Sukkiim, traditionally (LXX) troglodytes from north Africa; and Cushites, the Nubians, from south of the first cataract on the Nile. Precise information about factual details is not of first moment.

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