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‘Give thanks to Yhwh. Truly he is good’ psalms and prayers in the book of chronicles

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Twenty one times the Book of Chronicles reports that people are praying. Out of twenty one references to prayers in the Book of Chronicles, no less than twelve have been created by the Chronicler himself. A as consequence, the reader of the Book of Chronicles should be aware that precisely in those occurrences which are the author's own invention specific features of his theology are to be found. Within the Book of Chronicles a specific refrain from the Psalter is found six times. The first occurrence is found in 1 Chr 16:34 which is part of a poetic passage composed of three different psalms (Pss 95; 105; 106). Its text runs as: ?Give thanks to YHWH. Truly he is good! Truly his loyalty is forever!'. It is direct a quotation from Ps 106:1, be it that the opening word of this verse has been skipped by the Chronicler.

Keywords: 1 Chr 16:34; Book of Chronicles; prayers; psalms; Psalter; theology; YHWH



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