Louis Jonker's section-by-section commentary on 1-2 Chronicles is the newest volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. This user-friendly commentary series helps readers navigate the sometimes difficult terrain of the Bible. These volumes offer solid research in an accessible way, breaking down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become clear to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. In this commentary, Jonker reads 1-2 Chronicles as literature which negotiates a new socio-religious identity in a period of political transition.
Louis C. Jonker is professor in Old Testament at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. As a fellow of the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation (Bonn), he has done research at the University of Tübingen on numerous occasions. In his research on Second Temple-period literature, he focuses on the relationship between history-writing and identity negotiation. He has edited various volumes on this topic and has published extensively on the biblical books of Chronicles.