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"In this rich theological commentary, Scott Hahn gives a powerful account of Chronicles' inner unity. The church, the sacraments, Marian devotion--these are all shown to have their roots in Chronicles in this profoundly Catholic reading that also offers a bracing rebuke to the long, sad history of Protestant disparagement of ritual, priests, and temple worship in the Bible."
--Stephen B. Chapman, Duke Divinity School

"Hahn's brilliantly illuminating commentary on Chronicles is an important contribution to the renewal of biblical scholarship. Demonstrating a master's command of the entirety of biblical revelation, Hahn shows how the Chronicler both gave focus to the story of Israel and provided the foundation for much of the New Testament meditation on Jesus. This book is written with extraordinary passion and intelligence. I recommend it warmly to both scholars and preachers."
--Robert Barron, Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake

"Drawing upon a wide array of Jewish and Christian interpreters, Hahn persuasively presents Chronicles as a powerful exemplar of the typological, covenantal, and liturgical exegesis that has shaped the Christian tradition of biblical interpretation. For readers who think of Chronicles as rather dull, this book will reintroduce the richness of Scripture."
--Matthew Levering, University of Dayton

"A scriptural symphony, weaving together themes from Old and New Testaments into a remarkable theological synthesis. This lucid and insightful volume deserves to be on the shelf of anyone interested in the theological interpretation of Scripture."
--Rodrigo Morales, Marquette University

"In this masterful commentary, Hahn shows that a key to understanding the biblical concept of the kingdom lies hidden in the often overlooked work of the Chronicler and his history of the liturgical empire of David. Hahn has produced something very rare: a commentary that is rigorously exegetical, profoundly theological, and a must read. This is biblical theology at its best!"
--Brant Pitre, Notre Dame Seminary

"Hahn demonstrates what Pope Benedict XVI has affirmed, that authentic biblical criticism can be done best with a hermeneutic of faith and continuity. A thoroughly enjoyable read that shows how the key of liturgy unlocks a much deeper understanding of the whole of Scripture, I believe this is Hahn's magnum opus."
--Marcus Grodi, host, The Journey Home (EWTN)

About the Author

Scott W. Hahn (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville and holds the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary. Founder and president


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801039479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801039478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Dr. Scott Hahn is the author (or editor) of over forty books, including several recent titles (Joy to the World, Evangelizing Catholics, Angels and Saints, and Consuming the Word), along with best-selling titles like Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb's Supper, Hail Holy Queen, A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Lord Have Mercy, First Comes Love, Swear to God, Understanding Our Father, Scripture Matters, Spirit and Life, Understanding the Scriptures, Catholic Bible Dictionary, Many Are Called, Signs of Life, Reasons to Believe, Answering the New Atheism, Ordinary Work Extraordinary Grace, and Living the Mysteries. His academic publications include Kinship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God's Saving Promises (Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library), The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles, Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy, and Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture (1300-1700). He is the editor of the academic periodical, Letter & Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology, and co-editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.

An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Scott Hahn has delivered thousands of popular talks and academic lectures, nationally and internationally, on a wide range of topics related to Scripture, Theology and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these presentations have been recorded and distributed by Lighthouse Catholic Media. He has appeared on hundreds of television programs on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), where he has also been the regular host and presenter on several popular 13-week series (including Our Fathers Plan, The Lamb's Super, Genesis to Jesus, Consuming the Word).

Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology ( / ), Dr. Hahn holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he's taught since 1990. He also holds the William and Lois McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. In 2005, he was awarded the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary (Latrobe PA), which he held through 2011. He also held the Cardinal Laghi Chair of Catholic Theology from 2002-2004 at the Pontifical Seminary Josephinum (Columbus OH).

Scott graduated from Grove City College in 1979 with his BA in Theology, Philosophy and Economics (magna cum laude). He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982 with his M.Div (summa cum laude). Scott received his Ph.D. in Theology from Marquette University in 1995 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Fairfax VA). He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.

Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. They live in Steubenville Ohio and have six children and twelve grandchildren.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JP Nunez on March 27, 2012
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For most people, 1 and 2 Chronicles are just boring historical books that relate a few boring extra facts about Israel's past. And if you don't pick up on the subtle theological hints that the chronicler gives his readers, then you may very well be one of those people. I sure was before I read this book, but Hahn has opened my eyes to see the beauty of 1 and 2 Chronicles. More than just a rehashing of meaningless past events, Chronicles is the story of Israel told with a purpose: to explain how God was working with His people to achieve His purposes for all of creation, the inclusion of all people in His kingdom. Hahn explains that the way the chronicler tells his story, including both what he says and what he doesn't say, reveals his theological interpretation of Israel's history. For the chronicler, all of history was moving toward the Davidic kingdom, and in that kingdom God began to extend to all the nations the blessing He promised to Abraham in Genesis 22. Chronicles was also meant to encourage its original readers whose faith in God had been shaken after the Babylonian exile, to give them hope in the face of God's apparent abandonment of His people. And at the end of every chapter, Hahn explains the deeper meanings that Christians can draw from the events in 1 and 2 Chronicles, showing how the various elements of the Davidic kingdom prefigure elements of the Church as presented in the New Testament.

If you want to learn more about this often ignored and misunderstood book, I highly recommend Hahn's commentary.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Gregory on March 21, 2012
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What did Jesus mean by "kingdom of God'? How did his fellow Jews understand it? In this magnificent exploration of the theology of 1-2 Chronicles, Dr. Scott Hahn discerns the covenantal, liturgical, and typological pattern of the Chronicler's retelling of this kingdom history--history "brought into the present tense, as it is in the liturgy" (p. 9).

Richly beautiful and beautifully rich, each chapter explores the profound theology of Chronicles. Each chapter closes the circle with a brief Christian interpretation of the Chronicler's themes, the New hidden in the Old, the Old revealed in the New. Dr. Hahn spurs the reader to attentiveness to the Chronicler's choice of a word or phrase, and even his cadences, so as to catch the theology therein: parallels with the creation account and the giving of the Law; Adam, Abraham, Melchizedek, Moses; the divine pattern of the tabernacle and the temple; liturgy and empire; how the Davidic covenant fulfills, but also looks forward to perfect fulfillment.

As the Chronicler makes sense of salvation history, we are able to find the pattern for our own work--through our liturgical service (abodah) and thanksgiving (todah).

And the above just scratches the surface.

An exquisite palimpsest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Garland Jr. on May 20, 2012
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The Chronicler has been called "the first theologian of the canon." In this regard, Hahn is surely a descendant of the Chronicler. In the "The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire", he masterfully explicates the theological meaning of 1-2 Chronicles using Jewish, Patristic, and the best of modern critical exegesis. Hahn highlights that the Chronicler is not merely relating history, but instead gives a theological view of Israel's story from the beginning with Adam through Moses up to the end of the Babylonian Exile. With the Davidic Covenant in the forefront of the Chronicler's work, 1-2 Chronicles brings out the centrality of the Jerusalem Temple for the Davidic Kingdom, with its liturgy as the driving force of the empire. At each step of the way, Hahn shows the significance of this for the life of Israel in God's divine plan and also its importance for the life of the New Israel, the Church. This book should be digested carefully by all seminarians, biblical scholars, theologians, and anyone else who desires to understand God's word in Sacred Scripture. It is a first rate example of what Pope Benedict has called for in his Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini. If you want to see an example of biblical theology done with academic rigor from the heart of the Church, this is the book for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By STAN on June 4, 2012
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Recently, Hahn has changed his writing tack in onder to tred the middle ground between strict scholarly writing and more popular writing. This book is an excellent example of it. Hahn accomplishes alot in this book and it is intentional. Scholars from many denominations as well as from jewish literature and recent rabbinical scholarship as well are quoted on virtually every page. The new era of biblical scholarship is well upon us now as the soil has settled and the grass is growing on the grave of the historical method. What remains is genuine canonical , faithful and honest scholarship . In the spirit within which it was written.

The particular book showcases Hahn's VERY considerable learning. But he is not strutting his stuff. In the process, again intentionally, of threading throughh chronicles, Hahn deftly shows the incredible level of scholarship that went into its writing. I fully expected, as another reviewer, that this was going to be dry, repetitious and a put-aside type book. Instead, i had difficulty putting it down. Hahn's style, while thick with knowledge, is not stuffy in the least. I have read many Hahn books, and i find him to be getting better. This convert is appearing providential to me it seems. his carrer beginning at the waning end of the historical critical method, he is the standard bearer for an ecumenical yet completely (catholic) faithful study and exegesis of scripture.

My only "note" is, as with "Kinship by covenant" is his citing of the term "malediction" in reference to the sacrifices made in a well executed temple liturgy. "Let this happen to me, if I should break this covenant". This doesn't seem to ring true, especially as Hahn notes, the liturgies are carried out with such joy, music and thanksgiving.
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