A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles [Kregel Exegetical Library]   -     By: Eugene H. Merrill
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The trauma of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, the exile of thousands of Judea's citizens, and the subsequent return after seventy years to the homeland with the difficult task of starting the new covenant community virtually from scratch - all contributed to a reassessment of Israel's meaning and destiny. The chronicler-theologian thus composed his work not just as a history of his people from their ancient beginnings but as an interpreted history, one designed to offer hope to the beleaguered community as well as to issue warnings that should they fall back into the ways of their fathers they could expect the judgment of God to be repeated.

Eugene Merrill's work on 1 and 2 Chronicles promises to be a significant contribution to the academic dialogue on these important books. This volume is helpful for the scholar but accessible and useful for the pastor. Merrill provides an exegetical study of each passage in these books, examining a number of themes, especially drawing out three principal theological subjects: (1) David and his historical and eschatological reign; (2) the renewal of the everlasting covenant; and (3) the new temple as a symbol of a reconstituted people. Merrill offers astute guidance to preachers and teachers in his insightful doctrinal commentary on the text.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 640
Vendor: Kregel Academic
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 082542559X
ISBN-13: 9780825425592
Series: Kregel Exegetical Library

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  1. Singapore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Useful Commentary, especially if you have some knowledge of Hebrew
    September 12, 2016
    Chris
    Singapore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    1 & 2 Chronicles is not a book that you will often hear preached expositionally. Part of the reason, I think, is how the book starts with 9 chapters of genealogies! Pastors will definitely not want to attempt to preach through these chapters expositionally.

    Preachers can now reach out to a helpful commentary on the 1 & 2 Chronicles. Eugene Merrill has written a new commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles, a book that has been neglected by commentators for quite some time.

    As with every commentary, Merrill starts with the introductory matters and then moves on to the actual commentary of the text. As one who has not studied 1 & 2 Chronicles, I found this introduction helpful in understand the main themes. Through his introduction I am also kept abreast on what has been discussed in the academic circles. Preachers who are not familiar with 1 & 2 Chronicles will find the introduction helpful for their preparatory work.

    Merrill uses the NIV text as reference for his commentary, but he always shows his exegesis based on the Hebrew text. Merrill keeps references to the original language to a minimum which will be helpful to preachers who are not that conversant in Hebrew. I personally do not know Hebrew, but I still find the commentary helpful to me

    Given that the technical commentaries on 1 & 2 Chronicles has not been as forthcoming as some other old testament book. This commentary will be a helpful addition to the current array of commentaries on 1 & 2 Chronicles.

    Rating: 4 / 5

    Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Worthwhile conservative commentary
    July 7, 2016
    Steve Bricker
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    There are portions of Biblical books that are avoided by Christians because the content seems insurmountable or downright boring. The solution for this malaise may be found with instructors and instructional materials produced at an academic level, yet accessible to the average Christian. Such a resource is available through this work from Eugene Merrill.

    The introduction sets a solid foundation for later chapters, presenting a balanced presentation of theories concerning the Chroniclers identity, intent, and provenance, along with textual concerns. Especially helpful are explanations of overall structure and theology. While an average reader may approach this part of Scripture as simply nine painful chapters of genealogies followed by dry historic narrative, Merrill posits an intentional chiastic literary structure centered on Solomons temple in light of the promises delivered in the Davidic Covenant.

    The Scripture text is divided into logical sections, depending on a prominent theme. Each section is then subdivided into events wherein Merrill uses a three-fold outline(1) biblical text, (2) text-critical notes, and (3) exegesis and expositionto develop the passage. Finally, an overall theology of the section is given. While the average reader will likely not have an interest in the text-critical notes, the exegesis and theology are a strength of this work. Merrill does not wander into theoretical speculations but maintains a solid aim of explaining how the Chronicles are moving forward and how tie to redemptive history with a culmination in Jesus Christ. This conservative approach to the presentation of the material speaks to the authors high regard for the Scriptures and his intent to properly instruct his readers.

    Throughout the book the author will place a helpful chart or excursus to enable understanding through tangential comparisons and topics. Notably, commonalities with 1 and 2 Samuel plus 1 and 2 Kings are made to help fill understand thematic differences and place rulers and subject matter in proper perspective. I found this extra material to be beneficial in understanding the background of an event or person.

    I found this work to be a solid, robust look at what many might consider dull material and has much to commend it. That said, there are a possible weak points:

    First, the text of Chronicles within this book appears to be New International Version (NIV) throughout, but the title page specifically states that the English translation was the authors own. At no place in the book did I find a reference to the NIV translations use save for the acronym where the text was given.

    Second, Merrill may have overstated his understanding of the Mosaic instruction of a central sanctuary as applied to Davids desire to build a permanent temple (375). The Lords instructions to David and Solomon are sufficient believe to conclude that while God did not want or need a permanent structure at the time, He would honor their desire by taking residence therein

    Third, Merrill states that prior to King Ahaz the worship of Yahweh at high places was sanctioned by Samuel, Elijah, and others who built or made use of those places (486). This statement is problematic since worship of the Lord was to be specifically at the tabernacle, not the high places. It is more probable that worship away from the tabernacle was endured, rather than blessed, by a merciful and long-suffering God.

    The Chronicles are an interesting read, recounting the history of the United and Divided Kingdoms with a clear emphasis on the Davidic line. Minor weaknesses aside, this work would make a useful addition to any Bible student intent on furthering their knowledge of Chronicles and its place in the canon.
  3. Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A worthwhile addition
    January 15, 2016
    Pastor Jim
    Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a part of the Bible that most of us give only lip service, rarely reading it, let alone study it in depth. Part of the problem is that most helps in this effort are hard to read, mystifying, and perplexing. In sharp contrast, this commentary is plain, understandable, and readable. Aiding in understanding are a number of charts and special excurses, hymns-prayers, and theological discourses. The text is not over technical or critical. The format includes outline, theological principles, critical notes, and exposition.

    Merrill does three commendable things in this commentary:

    First, its views the history of the in an understanding and relevant way. Its history is more than merely a Samuel-Kings.

    Second, there is a strong emphasis on the Davidic rule. He sees the Chronicler as a theologian, especially with emphasis on the Davidic covenant and its hope. This is fundamental for the Chronicler. He sees it as the stepping stone to the Davidic hope and its realization.

    Third, the Chronicler weighs the spirituality of the people. It calls upon renewal as symbolized by the rebuilding of the temple and restoration of the Levitical system.

    The are two major weaknesses:

    First, the Hebrew text needs to be transliterated. Most of us are not that Hebrew savvy.

    Second, the critical remarks are too brief at times. It is also true of some of the exposition sections.

    Overall, this is one of the better commentaries on 1 & 2 Chronicles. It is Evangelical and balanced. It is biblical, sound and concise. It fits a needed space in the study of these books. It will be welcomed by any student or Pastor. It will be helpful and not overbearing. It will give the reader a good understanding of this book and history.

    [Thanks to Kregel Academic for supplying this copy for the purpose of my honest review.]
  4. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great New Commentary
    December 22, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Seasoned commentator Eugene Merrill gives us a full-scale commentary on an oft-overlooked portion of Scripturethe books of Chronicles. This volume is a fine addition to the developing series called the Kregel Exegetical Library series. I expected this to be an excellent volume based on several other commentaries by Merrill that adorn my shelves, and I was not disappointed!

    His Introduction fills the first 70 pages. While as scholarly as you would expect, this Introduction covers issues in a way more conducive and interesting for pastors and teachers. More bizarre scholarly sidelines are ignored. His section on the historical and cultural setting was enlightening. When he tackled authorship, he had trouble believing the traditional viewpoint that Ezra wrote Chronicles. On the subject of sources, which often gets out of hand in many commentaries, he focuses on the 14 ones that Chronicles actually mentions. The section on theology is the best of the Introduction and quite well done.

    The commentary proper is excellent. Even in something as difficult as the genealogies, he had fine application of theology. The charts there were a real asset too. I should mention that I found the footnotes far more helpful than in most such volumes.

    This volume grades out at A+ and is clearly a top volume now on Chronicles.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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