Mark J. Boda makes reference to the point that from a literary and historical standpoint, the books of Chronicles have been ignored and even criticized in Biblical studies. Boda argues that even though Chronicles covers the “whole of sacred history,” the greatest part of its history is included in 1 Chronicles 1–9, although those chapters are filled with genealogical lists where 1 Chronicles 10 through 2 Chronicles 9 deals with David and Solomon’s narratives.
Another reason that Chronicles has not been paid much attention is the incorrect thought that it does not have historical merit. When studying 1 & 2 Chronicles, the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary is beneficial for those wanting to learn more about the history of the book.
“Jewish tradition largely associated the authorship of Chronicles with Ezra. The Babylonian Talmud (b. Bava Batra 15a) claimed that Ezra wrote the book that bears his own name and the genealogies of the book of Chronicles up until his own time and that Nehemiah finished it.” (Page 6)
“The Chronicler makes it clear in 20:22 that it is this praise that initiates the holy war: ‘At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies … to start fighting.’” (Page 331)
“The description of Josiah’s death in Chronicles bears close resemblance to the death of a significant negative character in his source text in Samuel—Kings: Ahab (1 Kgs 22:29–40).1 Like Ahab, Josiah defied a prophetic warning by going to war, disguised himself in vain, was mortally wounded by enemy archers, cried out similar words when wounded, and was carried in and out of battle in a chariot. In the words of Tuell (2001:241), ‘Perhaps the most tragic aspect of Josiah’s sad story is that this righteous, reforming king should end up just like the wicked apostate Ahab.’ By associating Josiah in his death with this king, the Chronicler accentuated Josiah’s loss of divine favor (see Boda 2009b:252).” (Page 420)
“What this account reminds the reader of is the centrality of sacrifice and prayer for the Temple. In addition, even in his failure David is presented as normative for the Chronicler’s audience: a repentant sinner who seeks atonement through sacrifice.” (Page 179)
“ Second, these gifts had been given for the praise of God” (Page 220)
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Mark joined the College in 2003 after teaching for nine years at what is now Ambrose University College/Seminary. He has authored six books, edited eight volumes of collected essays, and written over 50 articles on various topics related to the Old Testament and Christian Theology. Key areas of interest include Old Testament Theology, prayer and penitence in Old Testament and Christian Theology, Babylonian and Persian Period Hebrew Books and History (Jeremiah, Lamentations, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi), the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets) and Judges. Mark enjoys mentoring students and teaches with enthusiasm about the Old Testament and its continued relevance to the Christian life today.