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The chronicler’s view of Israel’s earlier history

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It is beyond any doubt that the author of the Book of Chronicles has occupied himself with Israel's earlier history. The discussion among scholars, therefore, is not if he refers to the past, but how he does it. This chapter offers a sketch of the Chronicler's factual presentation of Israel's earlier history in which prophets and inspired messengers have a key role. It then presents some remarks relating to the book's ?forgotten traditions'. The opinion that the Chronicler presents a perfect chronological overview of Israel's earlier history, however, is deceptive. The genealogies which at first glance seem to be a dull and endless string of names, at a closer look reveals itself as a well-structured section which, in addition, is indispensable for a better understanding of the book of Chronicles as a whole.

Keywords: Book of Chronicles; genealogies; inspired messengers; Israel's earlier history; prophets



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