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1st and 2nd Chronicles

Author – Ezra
Time – 1,050 – 536 B.C.

Summary – Like the Books of Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles were originally one book, according to Jewish tradition. However, the Chronicles are not simply a repeat of the history already recorded in the books of Samuel and Kings. The book of Chronicles was written to remind the nation of their entire history, and of their position among other nations, emphasising the history of priestly worship from the death of Saul to the end of the Babylonian captivity. The Chronicles contain more detail on the organisation of public worship, of religious ceremonies, of Levites and singers, and of the relationship of kings to the worship of God, than does the book of Kings. The history of the northern kingdom is omitted from the Chronicles because the northern kingdom had no bearing on the development of the true worship of God in Jerusalem.

1st Chronicles

Genealogies – Chapter 1 v 1 to 9 v 44
Passage
Subject
Chapter 1 Patriarchs
Chapter 2 v 1 to 4 v 23 Judah
Chapter 4 v 24 to 43 Simeon
Chapter 5 Tribes east of the Jordan
Chapter 6 Levi
Chapter 7 Six other tribes
Chapter 8 Descendants of Benjamin
Chapter 9 v 1 to 34 Jerusalem’s Inhabitants after the exile
Chapter 9 v 35 to 44 Descendants of the father of Gibeon.

The reign of David – Chapter 10 v 1 to 29 v 30
Passage
Subject
10 v 1 to 14 Background: the death of Saul
11 v 1 to 20 v 8 David’s rise
21 v 1 to 29 v 30 David’s latter days


2nd Chronicles

The reign of Solomon – Chapter 1 v 1 to 9 v 31
Passage
Subject
Chapter 1 Solomon’s inauguration
Chapters 2 to 7 Solomon’s temple
Chapters 8 and 9 Solomon’s kingdom

The Kingdom of Judah – Chapter 10 v 1 to 36 v 23
Passage
Subject
Chapters 10 and 11 The division of the kingdom
Chapters 12 to 36 The rulers of Judah
Chapter 12

Rehoboam

Chapter 13

Abijah

Chapters 14 to 16

Asa

Chapters 17 to 20

Jehoshaphat

Chapter 21

Jehoram

Chapter 22 v 1 to 9

Ahaziah

Chapter 22 v 10 to 23 v 21

Athaliah

Chapter 24

Joash

Chapter 25

Amaziah

Chapter 26

Uzziah

Chapter 27

Jotham

Chapter 28

Ahaz

Chapter 29 to 32

Hezekiah

Chapter 33 v 1 to 20

Manasseh

Chapter 33 v 21 to 25

Amon

Chapters 34 and 35

Josiah

Chapter 36 v 1 to 16

Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah

Chapter 36 v 17 to 23

The exile


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