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The Exile As Sabbath Rest: The Chronicler’s Interpretation Of The Exile

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Judahs destruction and their resultant exilic captivity in Babylon are explicitly indicated to be a fulfilment of Jeremiahs prophecy. In author's investigation into the Chroniclers intention with his peculiar description of the Exile, he returns to Albertzs interpretation of Chronicles. In the light of older religio-historical traditions such as Leviticus and Jeremiah, the Chronicler could show that the present under Persian dominion should be evaluated positively. The Hebrew Bible contains various voices on the Exile. The majority of these voices associate this era with destruction, deportation and suffering. The Exile is rather used symbolically by the Chronicler to help his contemporaries understand and appropriate their present reality under Persian provincial dominion. The Exile becomes a time of Sabbath rest, a time of restoration and purification in the Chroniclers version, in order to render the establishment of the Persian kingdom as a new beginning.

Keywords: Babylonian exile; chroniclers interpretation; Jeremiah's prophecy; Sabbath rest

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