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Psalms and prayers in the Book of Chronicles

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This chapter pays attention to prayers in the Book of Chronicles and subsequently to the Chronicler's use of those psalms. Prayers which the Chronicler adopted from his parent texts have nowhere been reproduced verbatim, as is quite often suggested by commentators. Time and again it appears that the text of those prayers has been changed in order to serve the Chronicler's own theological purposes: temple and cult. More than fifty percent of the prayers in the Book of Chronicles have been created by the Chronicler himself. The majority of prayers in the Book of Chronicles are said by only four kings: David, Solomon, Jehoshaphat, and Hezekiah, who are also the leading characters of this document. Quotations from the Psalter that have been inserted into the Book of Chronicles have always in some way been adapted by the author, in order to emphasize his specific theological point of view.

Keywords: Book of Chronicles; David; Hezekiah; Jehoshaphat; prayers; psalms; Solomon



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