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Sara JAPHET, The relationship between Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah

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This chapter discusses the most basic problem: is there any relationship of authorship between Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah? It tackles this question in two stages, proceeding first from an understanding of "the Chronicler" as an individual author, and then from the alternative view, seeing "the Chronicler" in terms of a "circle" or a "school". The change in scholarly approach is due to a better understanding of biblical language, in particular the later idioms, including those of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah. Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles were written by different authors, at separate periods in the Persian-Hellenistic period, and express varying theologies and objectives. They are both fruits, however, of the spiritual endeavour of the Restoration community, and represent the last fruits of biblical historiography. It is through their study, each on its own terms, that this major stage in the development of biblical history and theology may be fully learned and appreciated.

Keywords: biblical language; Chronicles; Chronistic theology; Ezra-nehemiah



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