Study the literary structure, the Chroniclers use of other Old Testament books, the narratives, geo-political context, and textual witnesses of 2 Chronicles. Dillard’s lucid writing and careful study—solidly based on his familiarity with ancient languages secondary literature—make his volume on 2 Chronicles an invaluable resource for the preacher, teacher, and serious student. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.
“In contrast the Chronicler is rarely willing simply to report an incident without providing the inciting rationale.” (Page 78)
“c. Solomon and Huram-abi as the new Bezalel and Oholiab.” (Page 4)
“Since 2 Chr 7:14 announced a program for Israel’s future, the Chronicler concentrates on the period after the schism. Of the twenty-six chapters devoted to this period, about half of the material is unique to the Chronicler, without parallel in Kings; the vast majority of this nonsynoptic material is directly in the service of retribution theology as the Chronicler seeks to provide the theological rationale for the events he narrates.” (Page 78)
“Concluding the narrative with these two verses highlights the hopefulness already intimated in 36:20–21 and directs the reader to the continuation of the narrative in Ezra. The book ends with a new exodus at hand: not because God forced the hand of a reluctant Pharaoh, but because he moved the heart of a Persian king. The people of God will again go free and build a sanctuary.” (Page 302)
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