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More than just history,
This review is from: The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles (Paperback)
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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