[b-hebrew] Kings v's Chronicles

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Fri Aug 5 04:36:41 EDT 2005


Thank you all for your answers. They were very good and brought me much insight.
In summary:

1) Kings was an adequate history that brought the nation up to the exile.
2) Chronicles was a redraft of the same history with emphasis on forgiveness 
of sins which would help the returnees from the exile to understand that Yah 
was still with them.
3) Kings therefore has the hallmarks of history written before and up to the 
time of the exile.
4) Chronicles has the hallmarks of the same history written after the exile 
but with a different agenda.

So the mechanism for the additional parts in the Chronicler's history would 
have to be oral tradition which was presumably handed down by word of mouth 
within the priesthood???

-----Original Message-----
From: Bryant J. Williams III [mailto:bjwvmw at com-pair.net]
Sent: Fri 8/5/2005 8:09 AM
To: Read, James C
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Kings v's Chronicles
 
Dear James,

This may be too theological for the discussion, but look at II Kings 21 where
Manasseh is portrayed quite accurately as to the horribleness of his crimes
against YHWH, the people and the nation. Yet in II Chronicles 33 it not only
describes the same events in II Kings, but added that Manasseh went into exile
and suffered, but asked mercy, humbled himself and repented. This shows that
even one who has sinned as great as Manasseh had can still be forgiven by God
who is merciful. This does not mean the consequences of one's actions are
nullified.
Remember, Israel still went into exile because of the sins of Manasseh.

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

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From: "Read, James C" <K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk>
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Subject: [b-hebrew] Kings v's Chronicles


>
> Recent discussion have made think about a question I have always had
> but never aired:
>
> Why did the chronicler feel the need to rerecord past history?
> Does chronicles bring any benefit that we didn't already have with
Samuel/Kings?
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