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The Ideology of the Book of Chronicles and its Place in Biblical Thought

Second, Revised edition


Sarah Japhet

The Book of Chronicles, written at the end of the fourth century B.C.E., relates the history of Israel from its beginnings with the creation of man, to the return from exile with the declaration of Cyrus. The historical and theological points of departure of the Chronicler's description are to be found in the realities of his own day. Through this historiographical composition, he attempts to imbue with new meaning the two components of Israel's life: the past, which through its sublimation and transformation into a norm was in danger of becoming remote and irrelevant, and the present, which is granted full legitimization by demonstrating its continuity with this past. The one is interpreted in terms of the other. The present study strives to reveal the Chronicler's views and stand-points on all the major issues of Israel's history and religion, unveiling his role as a bridge between biblical and post-biblical faith.

«...(eine) für die Chronikforschung grundlegende monumentale Arbeit. (...) Man ist dankbar, daß diese immer noch im Mittelpunkt der gegenwärtigen Diskussion über das Chronistische Geschichtswerk stehende Arbeit nun auch für den des Modernhebräischen unkundigen Leser zugänglich geworden ist.» (H. C. S., Zeitschrift für Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft)
«Man kann J.s Arbeit...allen, die sich über die Theologie der Chr. informieren möchten, zur eindringlichen Lektüre empfehlen.» (Dietmar Mathias, Theologische Literaturzeitung)