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1 & 2 Chronicles

My commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles is now available from Collge Press Publishing Company as part of their NIV Old Testament series.

The commentary is 540+ pages with an extensive bibliography. The goal of the commentary is to understand the theological message the Chronicler intended for his postexilic audience. With that message in hand, we are then in a position to apply those same theological values to the contemporary church.

The Chronicler is a narrative theologian who offers an interpretation of the history of Israel for his postexilic community. With practically the whole Hebrew canon in front of him, he retells the story of David and Solomon. They are a new Moses and Joshua. Just as the Conquest followed the Exodus, so Solomon's temple-building follows David's military victories. The postexilic community receives hope from God's covenant with David and the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem.

The Chroncicler speaks of heart-rooted faith, divine providence and testing, divine presence and redemption, worship and obedience, and divine promise and human response. The theme of Chronicles is "God seeks seekers." Whoever seeks God will be found, but whoever forsakes God will be forsaken.


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