First And Second Chronicles - NEW COLLEGEVILLE BIBLE COMMENTARY: OLD TESTAMENT 10 (Paperback)John C. Endres, SJ (author)
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In the era in which the Chronicler writes, the pressing question is: How will Judeans reestablish themselves after the Babylonian exile? The Chronicler's answer is to encourage the people of Israel to live out of their memory of God's mercy and compassion. Knowing and cherishing the books of Samuel and Kings, the writer interprets their message differently because the people of his era face new challenges to their life and faith. This commentary highlights the special character of First and Second Chronicles by pointing out subtle ways in which the Chronicler changes the story of Israel. Many of these slight changes in wording reflect theological shifts in the postexilic era. The Chronicler sees a need for a strong spiritual center that is clearly located in the Jerusalem temple and its life of worship and prayer. Alienated northern tribes may enter this religious world by participating in temple worship. New and original materials describe the services and the roles of Levites and priests at the temple. Kings foster worship and demonstrate a spirituality of repentance. Israel can again become a people united if all join together in worship. To the discouraged, this history offers hope!
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
As King David served the Lord with worship and music, John C. Endres, SJ, serves the readers of this commentary with fine scholarship and a pastoral style. The Chronicler retold the history of Israel for the benefit of a post-exilic audience centered on the temple and Endres explains the Chronicler's retelling for all who wish to study this fascinating view of Israel's history. This commentary presumes no specialized knowledge and is ideal for anyone wishing to delve more deeply into these important but often neglected books.Stephen J. Binz, writer-speaker, author of Introduction to the Bible: A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture, The God of Freedom and Life, and Advent of the Savior