Hezekiah: A Second David with “Messianic Dimensions” (Arnold)

 Hezekiah was one of those kings of Judah that really sticks out in the biblical record.  And he sticks out in a good way.  The author of Kings, the Chronicler, and the prophecies of Isaiah contain quite a bit of information on king Hezekiah. His story, reign, and literary references are not just coincidental or… Continue reading Hezekiah: A Second David with “Messianic Dimensions” (Arnold)

The Last Book of the Hebrew Bible: Chronicles?!

 I've enjoyed making my way through this 2012 Eerdmans publication: Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God's Address. This morning I read chapter seven by Stephen Dempster: "Canon and Old Testament Interpretation."  Overall it's a helpful chapter, but I really liked the following paragraph about the Hebrew Bible ending with Chronicles (the last book of the… Continue reading The Last Book of the Hebrew Bible: Chronicles?!

The Significance of the Chronicler’s Genealogies

  While reading through the Solomon accounts in Chronicles, I’m using The IVP Biblical Background Commentary.  Though it is a brief commentary, I’ve really appreciated it.  Recently I ran across a helpful paragraph entitled, “The Significance of Genealogies to [a] Postexilic Audience.”  In other words, what would the Chronicler’s genealogies mean to the 5th and… Continue reading The Significance of the Chronicler’s Genealogies