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History, Literature and Theology in the Book of Chronicles

Ehud Ben Zvi

History, Literature and Theology in the Book of Chronicles

Ehud Ben Zvi

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In this collection of studies the author argues for a new understanding of the Book of Chronicles, its balanced and nuanced theology, historiographical approach and the way in which the book serves to reshape the social memory of its intended readership, in accordance with its own multiple viewpoints and the knowledge of the past held by its community. This volume shows that Chronicles communicates to its intended readership a theological worldview built around multiple, partial perspectives informing and balancing each other. Significantly, it is a worldview in which the limitations of even theologically 'proper' knowledge are emphasized. Further, although Chronicles tries to expand the 'explainable' past, it poignantly construes some of the most crucial events in Israel's social memory as unexplainable in human terms. Thus, Chronicles communicates to its readers that some of YHWH's most influential decisions concerning Israel cannot be predicted or explained. It is against this background of human limitation in understanding causes and effects in a past (present and future) governed by YHWH and the uncertainty that it brings, that the emphasis on divinely ordained, prescriptive behaviour should be seen. The intellectual horizon of Chronicles was perhaps not so far from that of the interpretative frame of Job or Qohelet, and of these books as a whole.

- Publisher In this collection of studies the author argues for a new understanding of the Book of Chronicles, its balanced and nuanced theology, historiographical approach and the way in which the book serves to reshape the social memory of its intended readership, in accordance with its own multiple viewpoints and the knowledge of the past held by its community. This volume shows that Chronicles communicates to its intended readership a theological worldview built around multiple, partial perspectives informing and balancing each other. Significantly, it is a worldview in which the limitations of even theologically "proper" knowledge are emphasized. For instance, in Chronicles' past similar deeds may and at times did lead to very different results. Thus, even if most of the past is presented to the readers as explainable, it also affirms that those who inhabited it could not predict the path of future events. Chronicles is therefore, an (hi)storiographical work that informs its readers that his

- Publisher

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About "History, Literature and Theology in the Book of Chronicles"

In this collection of studies the author argues for a new understanding of the Book of Chronicles, its balanced and nuanced theology, historiographical approach and the way in which the book serves to reshape the social memory of its intended readership, in accordance with its own multiple viewpoints and the knowledge of the past held by its community. This volume shows that Chronicles communicates to its intended readership a theological worldview built around multiple, partial perspectives informing and balancing each other. Significantly, it is a worldview in which the limitations of even theologically 'proper' knowledge are emphasized. Further, although Chronicles tries to expand the 'explainable' past, it poignantly construes some of the most crucial events in Israel's social memory as unexplainable in human terms. Thus, Chronicles communicates to its readers that some of YHWH's most influential decisions concerning Israel cannot be predicted or explained. It is against this background of human limitation in understanding causes and effects in a past (present and future) governed by YHWH and the uncertainty that it brings, that the emphasis on divinely ordained, prescriptive behaviour should be seen. The intellectual horizon of Chronicles was perhaps not so far from that of the interpretative frame of Job or Qohelet, and of these books as a whole.
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In this collection of studies the author argues for a new understanding of the Book of Chronicles, its balanced and nuanced theology, historiographical approach and the way in which the book serves to reshape the social memory of its intended readership, in accordance with its own multiple viewpoints and the knowledge of the past held by its community. This volume shows that Chronicles communicates to its intended readership a theological worldview built around multiple, partial perspectives informing and balancing each other. Significantly, it is a worldview in which the limitations of even theologically "proper" knowledge are emphasized. For instance, in Chronicles' past similar deeds may and at times did lead to very different results. Thus, even if most of the past is presented to the readers as explainable, it also affirms that those who inhabited it could not predict the path of future events. Chronicles is therefore, an (hi)storiographical work that informs its readers that his
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Ehud Ben Zvi

Ehud Ben Zvi is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, Ed monton, Alberta, Canada.

Table Of Contents

  • I. Introductory Essays 1. Introduction - History As Theology, Theology As History, And Both As Literature: Interpreting Chronicles 2. The Book Of Chronicles: Another Look Ii. Chronicles And The Rereading And Writing Of A Didactic, Socializing History 3. Observations On Ancient Modes Of Reading Of Chronicles And Their Implications, With An Illustration Of Their Explanatory Power For The Study Of The Account Of Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25) 4. Shifting The Gaze: Historiographic Constraints In Chronicles And Their Implications 5. The Chronicler As Historian: Building Texts 6. The Secession Of The Northern Kingdom In Chronicles: Accepted 'facts' And New Meanings 7. About Time: Observations About The Construction Of Time In The Book Of Chronicles Iii. Chronicles And Theology As Communicated And Recreated Through The Rereading Of A Historiographical, Literary Writing 8. A Sense Of Proportion: An Aspect Of The Theology Of The Chronicler 9. Observations On Women In The Genealogies Of 1 Chronicles 1-9 (co-authored With Antje Labahn) 10. Ideological Constructions Of Non-yehudite/peripheral Israel In Achaemenid Yehud: The Case Of The Book Of Chronicles 11. A Gateway To The Chronicler's Teaching: The Account Of The Reign Of Ahaz In 2 Chronicles 28, 1-27 12. The Authority Of 1-2 Chronicles In The Late Second Temple Period Iv. Chronicles And Literature: Literary Characterizations They Convey Theological Worldviews And Shape Stories About The Past 13. When A Foreign Monarch Speaks

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 254043
  • Product Code 1845530713
  • EAN 9781845530716
  • Pages 316
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Routledge
  • Publication Date Dec 2006
  • Dimensions 234 x 163 x 18 mm
  • Weight 0.454kg

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