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Jerusalem: The very centre of all the kingdoms of the earth

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In the Book of Chronicles a lot of activities are recorded which are directly connected with Jerusalem. If we put aside those occurrences which have in any way parallels in the Books of the ?Former Prophets', some texts deserve further attention. In 2 Chr 34:3-7 the Chronicler has thoroughly reworked and rearranged the elements of 2 Kgs 23:4-20 in order to emphasize that (i) the entire nation has been involved in this holy operation; (ii) the purification of the Temple cannot be effectuated without cleansing the whole land of the cultic idols. Only in this way can the Temple really function as the religious and cultic centre of the people. This view is maintained up to and including the very last verse of the Book of Chronicles, in which the Temple of Jerusalem is suggested to be the very centre of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chr 36:23).

Keywords: 2 Chr 34:3-7; 2 Chr 36:23; 2 Kgs 23:4-20; Book of Chronicles; Jerusalem; kingdoms of the earth; Temple



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