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The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles Paperback – March 1, 2012
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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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I especially appreciated his wisdom in not getting tangled in the tar babies set by many modern critics. Hahn kept on task, answering questions that seemed relevant, ignoring those that I feel are trivial or serving the interest of those who must publish or perish.
I am "just a laymen," so what I took away may not be of interest to many reading these reviews. Perhaps the best summation I can give for Hahn's treatment of Chronicles is this: I feel it left me standing at a summit with panoramas on two sides. Behind is all the information the Chronicler either had in mind, or included in his version of Israel's history. The other would be the wildly unpredictable, as yet untravelled, ruggedly beautiful and savagely brutal future that lay ahead.
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.
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. The covenant, as Hahn demonstrates is a kinship type relationship. And, as is even more explicit in the new testament, is akin to an espousal. In any good relationship, and especially in a good marriage, there is never a cessation of "happy giving" of self. This is what, I believe , makes more sense as an explanation of the temple sacrifices, especially the "toda". Scott, if you read this, It would be great to see some scholarship in this area.
You will not be disappointed by this book.
Please fix. Than you :)