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Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles: Temple, Priesthood, and Kingship in Post-exilic Perspective
Lynch, Matthew

Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014 pp. x + 307. Ä79.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 64


Description: Matthew Lynch examines ways that the one God became known and experienced through institutions according to the book of Chronicles. Chronicles recasts Israel's earlier histories from the vantage point of vigorous commitments to the temple and its supporting institutions (the priesthood and royal house), and draws out the numerous ways that those institutions mediate divine power and inspire national unity. By understanding and participating in the reestablishment of these institutions, Chronicles suggests that post-exilic Judeans could reconnect to the powerful God of the past despite the appallingly impoverished state of post-exilic life. However, Chronicles contends that God was not beholden by those participating in the temple system. As such, it constitutes a via media between two regnant perspectives on the relationship between biblical monotheism and particularism, one which sees in monotheism an inherent move beyond particularism, and another which sees a problematic appeal to monotheism to legitimate powerful institutions. While Chronicles gives expression to the profound resonances between institutional and divine greatness, it is also careful to resist linking divine power and institutional power in absolute terms.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Chronicles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Michael B. Hundley
Published 7/9/2015
Citation: Michael B. Hundley, review of Matthew Lynch, Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles: Temple, Priesthood, and Kingship in Post-exilic Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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