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Publisher:  Varda Books
Published:  2005
Language:  English
Pages:   560
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About the Book -- The International Critical Commentary (ICC): Chronicles

From PREFACE

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.

I have little sympathy with that subjective criticism which prescribes beforehand an author's scheme of composition and then regards all contrary to this scheme as interpolations or supplements. Inconsistencies or redundancies are not proofs of a lack of unity of authorship, especially in the work of the Chronicler.

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
upon the title-page. The parts which he has especially prepared under my direction are sections seven, eight, and of nine the Literature, of the Introduction, the commentary and notes on which had formed the subject of his doctor's thesis, and the textual notes on 2 Ch. XX-XXXVI.

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,
and 2 Ch. I-IX. He worked out the restoration of the genealogy of Zebulun, 1 Ch. VII, and I am also indebted to him for most efficient aid in preparing the manuscript for the press and in proof-reading.



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Contents

CONTENTS

PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
ABBREVIATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
INTRODUCTION:
1. Name and Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2. The Relation of Chronicles to Ezra and Nehemiah 2
3. Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
4. Plan, Purpose, and Historical Value . . . . . . 6
5. The Religious Value . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
6. Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
7. Peculiarities of Diction . . . . . . . . . . 27
8. Hebrew Text and the Versions . . . . . . . . 36
9. The Higher Criticism and Literature . . . . . . 44
COMMENTARY ON 1 CHRONICLES:
Genealogical Tables with Geographical
and Historical Notices . . . . . . . . 57
The History of David . . . . . . . . 180
COMMENTARY ON 2 CHRONICLES:
The History of Solomon . . . . . . . . . 313
The History of Judah from Rehoboam until
the Exile . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
ADDENDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 527
INDEXES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 529
I-IX.
X-XXIX.
I-IX.
X-XXXVI.



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