1. Book of Chronicles

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The first book of the chronicles , in Hebrew דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים Diwrei hajjamim ("events of the days", 1 and 2 Chr.), Is a book of the Tanakh , the Hebrew Bible or the Christian Old Testament . In the Tanakh it forms a single book together with the 2nd book of the Chronicle , which, however, was divided into two books in the Greek translation. This dichotomy was later adopted by the Vulgate . There, the first book of the Chronicle in the Middle Ages , probably for the first time by Stephen Langton , was divided into 29 chapters. With the chapter count, the division into two parts - 1 Chr and 2 Chr - found its way into the Hebrew Bible prints in the 16th century . In the Septuagint manuscripts, and therefore also in the Eastern Churches, the first and second books are called the first and second books of the omissions (or the omitted things , Greek paralipomenon ) because they contain many details missing in the Samuel and Kings books. The pre-Hellenistic era is assumed to be the time of origin , since events prior to 516 BC. Are included in the chronicle, but Greek influences could not be determined.

The book consists of two parts. In the shorter first part, extensive lists of the descent and sex of the Israelites and some neighboring peoples are given. The larger, second part of the book shows parallels in terms of content to the 2nd Book of Samuel , but presents the events from a slightly different perspective; Above all, less emphasis is placed on the political events, but more on the cult and the structure of the Israelite society during the period described. The view of the leaders is noticeably more positive and less critical than in the Samuel books. Because of the many references to the temple, it is assumed that the author himself was close to the temple cult and possibly one of the temple singers.

The second book of Chronicles is a direct continuation.



  • Manfred Oeming : The real Israel. The genealogical vestibule 1 Chr 1-9. BWANT 128, Stuttgart 1990.
  • Israel Finkelstein: The Historical Reality behind the Genealogical Lists in 1 Chronicles . In: Journal of Biblical Literature 131, 1/2012, pp. 65-83. ( PDF )

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