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Nathan’s oracle and David’s prayer in 1 chronicles 17

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At first glance, one might think that the author of 1 Chronicles 17 adopted the text of his Vorlage (2 Samuel 7) without substantial alterations. Initial appearances, however, are deceptive. The omissions and changes which the Chronicler on several points has introduced into his composition create a complete new text with its own dynamics and meaning. Drawing up an inventory of the main theological (or ideological) differences between 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17, it strikes one that they are to be found both at the opening (v. 1) and at the end (vv. 13-14) of Nathan's Oracle, and at the conclusion of David's prayer (vv. 24-27). What do they contribute to the message of 1 Chronicles 17? This chapter discusses these differences in detail.

Keywords: 1 Chronicles 17; 2 Samuel 7; Chronicler; David's prayer; Nathan's Oracle; theological differences



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