By Paul S. Evans
The 13 essays during this quantity are principally revised papers which have been initially offered as a part of the traditional Historiography Seminar of the Canadian Society of bible study and so they examine specific texts of Chronicles, study valuable topics, and look at destiny customers for Chronicles examine.
The quantity comprises chapters by way of Shannon E. Baines, Ehud Ben Zvi, Mark J. Boda, Keith Bodner, Paul S. Evans, Louis Jonker, Gary N. Knoppers, Christine Mitchell, Peter J. Sabo, Steven J. Schweitzer, and John W. Wright.
The essays symbolize many various views, methodologies, and conclusions in regards to the Chronicler s paintings and this quantity might be of specific curiosity to students and scholars of Chronicles, old Israelite historiography and biblical literature in general.
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Rather than offer another assessment of the preservation of historical information in Chronicles or discuss the types of sources from which the Chronicler most likely drew to construct the genealogies, 26 I will proceed from a different methodological approach: utopian literary theory will be employed to address the picture of reality constructed by these lineages and the critique of present reality accomplished by this construction. 27 In this view, Chronicles does not reflect historical reality but instead criticizes it and suggests in its place a different society that may yet exist.
Japhet notes this exception, 47 but she does not seriously consider the statements in Chronicles that indicate that non-Israelites—in this case in the biological sense—resided in the land, or at least in parts of it, before 43. , Jer 24:1–10; Ezra 4:1–4; Neh 2:19–20; cf. Zech 11:14. 44. , Isa 11:11–16; Ezek 37:15–23; and Zech 10:6–12. 45. Note here the contrast between the reason given for exile in Chronicles (religious unfaithfulness) and the reason emphasized in Ezra–Nehemiah: intermarriage (Ezra 9:1–7, 12; Neh 9:1–2, 26–31; cf.
As noted above, the presentation of the dimensions of the land is not restricted to one spatial description. This is partially due to the fact that in Chronicles “Israel” is presented in atemporal terms. The “Israel” of the genealogies stands outside time. , 1 Chr 4:31; 7:2, 13). Thus, no one period can be consulted to provide the answers to the questions who is “Israel,” and what should it look like? 50 The book does not say “Israel” can be restored again if only the conditions that existed in the past at its moment of perfection could be replicated somehow; rather, “Israel” is and will continue to exist despite historical circumstances.