By William Johnstone

ISBN-10: 1850756945

ISBN-13: 9781850756941

This two-part remark argues that Chronicles, put because it is likely one of the 'historical books' within the conventional previous testomony of the Christian church, is way misunderstood. Restored to its right place because the ultimate booklet within the canon as prepared within the order of the Hebrew Bible, it is vitally to be understood as a piece of theology primarily directed in the direction of the longer term. The Chronicler starts off his paintings with the matter dealing with the complete human race in Adam-the forfeiture of the suitable of ideal oneness with God's objective. He explores the opportunity of the recovery of that excellent via Israel's position on the centre of the realm of the countries. This portrayal reaches its climax in an idealized presentation of the reign of Solomon, within which the entire rulers of the earth, together with such a lot famously the Queen of Sheba, convey their tribute in acknowledgment of Israel's prestige (Volume 1). As next historical past simply too truly exhibits, besides the fact that, the Chronicler argues (Volume 2), that Israel itself, via unfaithfulness to Torah, has forfeited its correct to ownership of its land and is solid adrift between those similar international locations of the area. however the Chronicler's message is certainly one of wish. through an intensive transformation of the chronology of Israel's prior into theological phrases, the new release whom the Chronicler addresses turns into the 50th seeing that Adam. it's the iteration to whom the jubilee of go back to the land via a superbly enabled obedience to Torah, and hence the recovery of the primal excellent of the human race, is announced.

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Then follows a denunciation of specific actions: the rebellion led by Jeroboam against Rehoboam in the immediate past (vv. 6-7); the present attempt to continue that rebellion, which is, however, but the surface expression of their deeper revolt against the sovereignty of God (vv. 8-9). That revolt against God is then contrasted with Judah's faithfulness in religious institutions and practices (vv. 10-11), which must now be vindicated on the field of battle (v. 12a). Abijah does not mince his words from the outset.

1 The precise reason for his invasion of Palestine is a matter for conjecture: was Shoshenq coming to support Jeroboam, who had been a refugee from Solomon at his court, against Rehoboam? Or, since the list of Sheshonq's conquests in his triumphal inscription in the temple of Amun at Karnak includes the names of cities in Jeroboam's kingdom, had Jeroboam in some way provoked his former protector? The intricacies of international politics, the reasons for military expeditions, and the explanation for events at the level of human history are not C's concern.

1 Chron. 15; 2 Chron. 15). This is the fundamental point C wishes to make. The place (v. 4) where the encounter takes place, Mt Zemaraim ('twin-peaks' [KBS]), is significant. In Josh. 22, the only other context were Zemaraim occurs in the Hebrew Bible (assuming it is the same place), it is a city assigned to Benjamin. But there it is listed next to Bethel, normally regarded as the southern frontier of the northern kingdom; here Zemaraim, too, is identified as in the 'hill country of Ephraim'. It seems that Abijah has massed his troops on the frontier just threateningly enough to provoke Jeroboam into armed response.

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