Wright-the place of Chronicles


I continue to read and write about Jacob L. Wright’s David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory.

Some of Wright’s assumptions about the composition of the Bible become more explicit in later chapters.  He sees the great tradition that has come down in Genesis-Joshua as a “People’s History”.  It tells the story of all Israel who are the people of God because they all derive from Jacob and all have the same promise from God.  The Samuel and Kings books are different.  They are a “Monarchic History” and deal with the political and religious superiority of Judah over Samaria.

Late editors joined these two stories in a “Primary History” of Israel so that the emphasis on national unity from the People’s History came first and the kingdom was just a late addendum.

Then there came 1 and 2 Chronicles, which retold the story of the kingdom so that…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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