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The Chronicler's Genealogies: Towards an Understanding of 1 Chronicles 1-9
Sparks, James T.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008 pp. xvi + 385. $47.95

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Description: The genealogies of 1 Chronicles 1Ė9 have typically been seen to have no internal consistency or purpose and little relation to the narrative portions of Chronicles. In contrast, this study shows that the genealogical section of the Chroniclerís work is an ordered, well-structured, unified whole. The Chronicler presents his genealogies chiastically, with the aim of the chiasm to uphold the cult and cultic officials as the center of the nationís life. The genealogies indicate that society is sent into exile because of the unfaithfulness of the people and their leaders. Only through the proper attention to the cult and its elements can atonement be made and the people possess their land.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Chronicles, Literature

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Review by Gershon Galil
Published 7/18/2009
Citation: Gershon Galil, review of James T. Sparks, The Chronicler's Genealogies: Towards an Understanding of 1 Chronicles 1-9, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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