In regard to the literary structure of 1 and 2 Chronicles I cannot follow the
view of those who regard the author throughout as a mere copyist, nor yet of
those who hold that apart from his Old Testament quotations he composed freely
with no recourse for information to other written sources. I have given the view
of a free composition but allowed a recourse to non-canonical written sources. I
have given marks of unity of style in portions alleged by some to come from
other writers, although I am fully aware that if the Chronicler were a copyist
these marks of unity might be due to his main source.
Agreeably to the other volumes of this series, Yahweh appears regularly as the name of Israel's deity. But this transliteration of Yodh ( י) by y and Waw ( ו) by w has not been applied in other proper names, since in a commentary on books containing so many proper names as 1 and 2 Chronicles, designed to be used in connection with the Revised English Version, it seemed best to retain the spelling of the proper names given in that version.
Medial Aleph ( א) and initial, medial, and final >Ayin ( ע) in italicised names on their first appearance, but not necessarily on their immediate repetition or in juxtaposition with the Hebrew letters, have been represented by the smooth and rough breathings ('>).
The hard letters Heth ( ח), Teth ( ט), Sadhe ( צ), and Koph (ק ) have been represented by h, t, z, and k. (The introduction of s instead of z would have been too violent a change.) But none of these marks have been introduced, except incidentally, in the Roman type, and in some familiar names like that of Israel they do not appear. Modern geographical names appear in the spelling of the authorities cited.
The completion of this volume had already been much delayed through serious
illness, when in January, 1906, I suddenly lost the sight of nearly one-half the
field of vision in both eyes. I felt then that I should relinquish my task, but
Professor Briggs, the general editor, persuaded me to continue it and kindly
allowed me to use the services of an assistant. I was fortunate in securing
those of Doctor Madsen, a pupil of Prof. C. C. Torrey. He has worked jointly
with me upon the book since that date, and while I am solely responsible for the
work, his name properly appears
He has also amplified my own comment and textual notes on other portions and
contributed notes on the composition of 1 Ch. I-IX, XV, XVI,
the Author -- The International Critical Commentary (ICC): Chronicles
ALBERT ALONZO MADSEN, pastor of the First Congregational Church at Newburgh, N.Y.
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