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CHAPTER XII. CHRONICLES

by S. R. Driver
CHAPTER XII. CHRONICLES, EZRA, AND NEHEMIAH. § 1. CHRONICLES. LITERATURE.— Ewald, Hist. i. p. 169 ff.; E. Bertheau in the Kgf. Hdb. 1854, 21873; K. H. Graf in Die Gesch. Bücher ties AT. s, 1866, pp. 114– 247 (“ Das B. der Chr. als Geschichtsquelle ”); C. F. Keil ( see p. 478); Wellhausen, Hist. of Israel, pp. 171– 227; C. J. Ball in Bp. Ellicott’s Comm. for English Readers ( 1883); Kuenen, Onderzoek, 2 i. ( 1887), p. 433 ff.; S. Oettli in Strack and Zöcker’s Kgf. Komm. 1889; R. Kittel in Haupt’s SBOT. The Books of Chronicles— in the Hebrew canon one book— with their sequel, the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah—- in the Hebrew canon similarly one book, “ Ezra”*— form the second great group of historical writings preserved in the Old Testa-ment ( above, p. 4).  It is plain, from many indications, that these books form really a single, continuous work. Not only is their style— which is very marked, and in many respects unlike that of any other Book of the OT.— closely similar, but they also re-semble each other in the point of view from which the history is treated, in the method followed in the choice of materials, as well as in the preference shown for particular topics ( genealogies, statistical registers, descriptions of religious ceremonies, details respecting the sacerdotal classes, and the organization of public worship). Moreover, the Book of Ezra- Neh. begins exactly at the point at which the Book of Chronicles ends, and carries on the narrative upon the same plan to the time when the theo-cratic institutions under which the compiler lived were finally established through the labours of Ezra and Nehemiah. In ordi- * The division into two books, in modern editions of the Hebrew Bible, arises from the same cause as the division of 1– 2 Sam. and 1– 2 Kings, viz. the influence of the LXX operating through the Christian Bible. 516   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x

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CHAPTER XII. CHRONICLES, EZRA, AND NEHEMIAH. § 1. CHRONICLES. LITERATURE.— Ewald, Hist. i. p. 169 ff.; E. Bertheau in the Kgf. Hdb. 1854, 21873; K. H. Graf in Die Gesch. Bücher ties AT. s, 1866, pp. 114– 247 (“ Das B. der Chr. als Geschichtsquelle ”); C. F. Keil ( see p. 478); Wellhausen, Hist. of Israel, pp. 171– 227; C. J. Ball in Bp. Ellicott’s Comm. for English Readers ( 1883); Kuenen, Onderzoek, 2 i. ( 1887), p. 433 ff.; S. Oettli in Strack and Zöcker’s Kgf. Komm. 1889; R. Kittel in Haupt’s SBOT. The Books of Chronicles— in the Hebrew canon one book— with their sequel, the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah—- in the Hebrew canon similarly one book, “ Ezra”*— form the second great group of historical writings preserved in the Old Testa-ment ( above, p. 4). It is plain, from many indications, that these books form really a single, continuous work. Not only is their style— which is very marked, and in many respects unlike that of any other Book of the OT.— closely similar, but they also re-semble each other in the point of view from which the history is treated, in the method followed in the choice of materials, as well as in the preference shown for particular topics ( genealogies, statistical registers, descriptions of religious ceremonies, details respecting the sacerdotal classes, and the organization of public worship). Moreover, the Book of Ezra- Neh. begins exactly at the point at which the Book of Chronicles ends, and carries on the narrative upon the same plan to the time when the theo-cratic institutions under which the compiler lived were finally established through the labours of Ezra and Nehemiah. In ordi- * The division into two books, in modern editions of the Hebrew Bible, arises from the same cause as the division of 1– 2 Sam. and 1– 2 Kings, viz. the influence of the LXX operating through the Christian Bible. 516 < < C h a p t e r >> Home | T O C | I n d e x
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