The patrilineal narrative machinery of chronicles

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Kelso, J. (2016). The patrilineal narrative machinery of chronicles. In D. N. Fewell (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Narrative (pp. 286-295). New York: Oxford University Press.

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Extract: The book of Chronicles is understood to be a history of the people of Israel, from Adam up to the declaration of the Persian king Cyrus who orders the return to the land of those who are among the people of Yahweh (2 Chron. 36:23). The idea that the book of Chronicles is to be read as a type of historiography is attested since ancient times, notably through the titles given to the originally untitled book (see Japhet 1993,1-2; Knoppers 2003,47-51). Of course, it cannot be claimed that Chronicles is an example of history as we have come to understand the term. Nevertheless, as Japhet, following Noth (1943) states: "A consideration of the work's relevant features, such as aim, plan, form, and method, must lead to the conclusion that Chronicles is a history, an idiosyncratic expression of biblical historiography" (Japhet 1993,32).

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