Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Historical: The narrative books of the Old Testament that recount Israel’s rise and fall in the land of Canaan, leading to their exile in Babylon.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Chronicles retells the entire Old Testament story, highlighting the future hope of the messianic king and a restore temple.
1 & 2 Chronicles
Watch our Read Scripture video on the books of 1 & 2 Chronicles, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 1 & 2 Chronicles, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 1 & 2 Chronicles
Like the Books of Samuel and Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles was also written as the single Book of Chronicles in the Hebrew Bible. Many readers today, however, skip reading it when they find that it repeats much of the material from its previous books. But is Chronicles necessary to read? Yes, it is!
Chronicles is the last Book in the Hebrew Bible as it summarizes the continued relationship between God and Israel through the Blessing of Abraham. The arrangement of the content in Chronicles invites the reader to explore the stories of each section and reveal interesting details about David, Solomon, God's temple, the kings of Judah, and how they work together. Chronicles is also an excellent historical reference for those studying specific facts in the Scriptures.
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From Adam to David and beyond, 1 and 2 Chronicles begins with genealogies of important players in the storyline of God's Messiah and the priesthood.
Father & Son
David and Solomon's lives are recapped, detailing their accomplishments and building God's temple. An example of the new King David" is established in this arrangement."
As Chronicles reflects the positive elements of Israel's past, themes of hope for the Messianic king and the post-exile rebuilding of God's temple are highlighted.
Stories of good, evil, hope and courage are accounted through David's royal lineage in the kingdom of Judah. Asa, Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah are especially noted.
End of Exile?
After decades of exile, Persia overpowers Babylon and allows Israel to return home. King Cyrus proclaims their release, though his last sentence is left unfinished.