Bestselling author and theologian Scott Hahn views the author of Chronicles as the first biblical theologian. Chronicles offers the first attempt to understand and interpret the entire sweep of Old Testament history from the creation of the world to the Israelites' return from exile.
This commentary presents 1-2 Chronicles as a liturgical and theological interpretation of Israel's history. Hahn emphasizes the liturgical structure and content of Chronicles and provides fresh insight on salvation history: past, present, and future. He also shows how Chronicles provides important insights into key New Testament concepts. The book gives professors, students, and pastors a better understanding of Chronicles, salvation history, and theological interpretation of the Old Testament.
Scott W. Hahn (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of Scripture and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio, and holds the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary. Founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he is the author of over twenty books, including Covenant and Communion, The Lamb's Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Kinship by Covenant, and coauthor of Rome Sweet Home. Hahn is also the general editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Letter and Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology.
Drawing upon a wide array of Jewish and Christian interpreters, Hahn persuasively presents 1 and 2 Chronicles as a powerful exemplar of the typological, covenantal, and liturgical exegesis that has shaped the Christian tradition of biblical interpretation. For readers (like myself) who have tended to think of the Chronicles as rather dull, this book will reintroduce the richness of Scripture.
professor of theology, University of Dayton
Scott Hahn's The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire is a scriptural symphony, weaving together themes from Old and New Testaments into a remarkable theological synthesis. Hahn deftly shows the Chronicler's work for what it is: a rich tapestry that reveals the ways of God with his people Israel in the past, as well as offering hope that God will ultimately fulfill the promises made to his servant David. This lucid and insightful volume deserves to be on the shelf of anyone interested in the burgeoning field of theological interpretation of Scripture.
assistant professor, department of theology, Marquette University
Scott Hahn's brilliantly illuminating commentary on First and Second Chronicles represents an important contribution to the renewal of biblical scholarship. Demonstrating a master's command of the entirety of biblical revelation, Dr. 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 as Messiah and Son of David. This book is written with extraordinary passion and intelligence. I would recommend it warmly to both scholars and preachers.
Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture, Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake
During his public ministry, Jesus of Nazareth spoke about the 'kingdom of God' more than any other theme. Yet the exact meaning of the phrase continues to be debated, and the precise expression, 'Kingdom of the LORD,' appears in only one part of Jewish Scripture: the books of Chronicles. In this masterful commentary, Scott Hahn shows that an essential 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. In this book, Hahn has produced something very rare: a commentary that is rigorously exegetical, profoundly theological, and a must-read for both Old and New Testament scholars. This is biblical theology at its best!
professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary
For many Christians, the Old Testament is still a closed book, unconnected to the great themes of the church's proclamation and the believer's walk of faith. In this rich theological commentary, Scott Hahn gives a powerful account of Chronicles' inner unity: its creative recollection of Israel's canonical traditions and its inspiring vision of Israel as a priestly kingdom. 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,
associate professor of Old Testament, Duke Divinity School
I have always been impressed by Hahn's uncanny ability to not only hear and see both the wider and specific meanings of the biblical text--especially understanding the OT in the light of the NT--but to convey this meaning vividly for serious lay readers and scholars alike. Here 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.
author and host of The Journey Home (EWTN)