1 and 2 Chronicles: Volume 2: 2 Chronicles 10-36: Guilt and 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 e-book 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 longer term. The Chronicler starts off his paintings with the matter dealing with the complete human race in Adam-the forfeiture of the appropriate of ideal oneness with God's function. He explores the potential for the recovery of that excellent 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, during which all of the 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 background simply too basically indicates, despite 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 area. however the Chronicler's message is one in all desire. via an intensive transformation of the chronology of Israel's previous into theological phrases, the iteration whom the Chronicler addresses turns into the 50th when you consider 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 perfect of the human race, is announced.

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The annalistic framework begins with an element unique in C—a cross-reference to the reign of the contemporary king in the north (v. la): Abijah's accession to the throne took place 'in the eighteenth year of the king, Jeroboam'. The reason for its inclusion is that the information is of direct relevance to the topic of this chapter. It introduces the two protagonists: Abijah, with his rights as the sole legitimate Davidic ruler of the Kingdom of Israel, and Jeroboam, with his pretensions to be king of an independent state in the north.

534-49, pi. 174. 2 Chronicles 10-12 41 The Egyptian host (v. 3) is fearsome alike in its size and in its alien nature. The significance of the size—1200 chariots, 60,000 horsemen and an uncountable host of infantrymen—can only be gauged from other comparable statistics (cf. table at 1 Chron. 18 and 1 Chron. g. 1 Chron. 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).

1, 8; 2 Chron. 13; compare 1 Chron. 10: these are the forces of the LORD ranged against the disruptive forces of the world). The numbers involved, 400,000, are presumably 52 2 Chronicles 10-36 grossly exaggerated (for comparative figures see table at 1 Chron. 18). What is more important here is the relative proportion of these Judaeans to those deployed in the field by Jeroboam: exactly half the number of Jeroboam's force of 800,000. For effect, MT places v. 3b in a sub-paragraph by itself. The subtle vowelling of the word 'army' in v.

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