Epistles of Thomas

September 16, 2009

1 Chronicles 10-12

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 17:10
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Chapter ten begins with the events surrounding the death of Saul. It gets right down to business without wasting time on David and Goliath and Saul’s fits of rage. The conclusion about Saul’s life is stark: “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD” (10:13f). In chapter 11 David becomes king and then the bulk of the chapter lists his men, many of whom are mentioned nowhere else in the OT. Obviously the chronicler expects readers to have access to the other historical books and goes into greater detail in certain areas that are left out by those other accounts. Chapter 12 continues listing David’s leaders and the numbers of soldiers that they commanded. The focus is clearly on David and the establishment of his rule and the people’s enthusiastic support for him.

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