I & II Chronicles: Old Testament Library [OTL]
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Because of the size and scope of I&II Chronicles, this commentary focuses on two main issues. According to the author, " However, attention has mainly been directed to two other areas, which are the heart of the book: the literary aspect, where my goal was to shed light upon thee book as a historical composition and upon the methods and means chosen by the author to convey his ideas; and that of theology, where I meant to illuminate the author's goals, the comprehensive structure of his spiritual world as reflected in the book, and his message. Because of limitation of time and space I could not devote all due attention to the history of exegesis and research. What I omitted is worthy of inclusion, though this was not possible." This commentary is written in technical format and employs Hebrew and Greek (LXX) throughout the entire work.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 1104
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 1 3/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0664226418
ISBN-13: 9780664226411
Series: Old Testament Library

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This volume, a part of the Old Testament Library series, explores the books of I and II Chronicles.

The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.

Author Bio

Sara Japhet is Yehezkel Kaufmann Professor of Bible at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received the Israel Prize for Biblical Studies in 2004 and was elected President of the World Union of Jewish Studies in 2006.

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    Japhets volume is the most massive exegetical commentary on I and II Chronicles that I am aware of. Its actually fatter (1077 pages) than most volumes in the Old Testament Library (OTL) that Ive seen as well. In addition to its size, Ive only seen great praise from the entire scholarly world for this highly-respected book. Its fair to call it an influential volume.

    Id agree with those who would call it conservatively critical. In truth, its going to appeal to the more scholarly types (thats another thing that sets this book in a different vein than some others in the series). Still, its quite readable.

    The Introduction tracks its own course. It jumps in at the name and place in the cannon. She concludes that Chronicles is one work, composed essentially by a single author, with a very distinct and peculiar literary method. She looks in depth at the structure of the books. She goes far on sources, but much of it is just about which books of the Bible influenced the Chronicler. She has some conclusions I could never agree with, but there is careful explanation throughout. She summarizes the theology as a constant appeal to the past.

    In the vast commentary we find helpful philology and exegetical detail. Theres more work on theology here than in the Introduction, which is a plus to most users. Theres more reference to sources than I like to see, but theres plenty of helpful history. Its hard to find anything missing across the pages of the commentary proper. Students will appreciate it.

    This book is likely the book to have on Chronicles on the heavy exegesis side of the spectrum. I recommend it.

    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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