Day 14: 1 Chronicles 5 – 2 Chronicles 2

Chronicles is also known in the Greek Septuagint as paralipomena which means ‘things left out’. After ploughing through all the seemingly endless lists and family trees in Chronicles you might wish that someone had left them out. Chronicles is not a part of the Bible I’ve ventured into much and I can see why now. Even the notes in the Round the Bible blog aren’t very encouraging, ‘The books of Chronicles go back over the same ground [Books of Kings] with much overlap, but with a strongly religious viewpoint so that all kings are evil and doomed who did not support the orthodox tradition.’ Allegedly Chronicles is one of the books that the high priest reads on the eve of the Day of Atonement to keep him from sleep; I suspect this has more to do with dry Jewish humour than the thrilling nature of the text itself! Why did the Chronicler rewrite the histories? It is a different kind of history, history seen through a theological lens. I was struck by how orderly the Chronicler wants Israelite culture to be and how supremely focussed it is on the one relationship that really matters, the relationship with Yahweh which has been the reason for Israel’s creation and which continues unbroken to the Chronicler’s own time and our own. The writer wants to look beyond the every day problems and failings of people and rulers, to draw all back to a renewal of their relationship with Yahweh. May that relationship with Yahweh be as central to us today.

’Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.’ (1 Chronicles 29:11)

Janet Bunker

Read the Bible on line at Bible Study Tools. Today’s passage (NRSV) is here: http://www.biblestudytools.com/nrs/1-chronicles/5.html

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One Response

  1. Oh yes, I do agree – why the same stuff again? But then as I was musing, it must mean that it is important in some way. We have two creation stories, two versions of Moses, now two of the history of the kings and of course we have FOUR gospels telling the same story – now just how important is that!!

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