Louis C. Jonker explores and synthesizes recent developments in the scholarship on 1&2 Chronicles for modern readers, allowing them to understand the message and theology of these books that have too often been seen as mere repetitions of other Scripture. He reads Chronicles as literature that negotiates a new socioreligious identity in a period of political transition, expertly relating it to readers living in the twenty-first century.
Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography and Scripture and subject indexes are also included.
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.