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Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles: by Matthew Lynch

By Matthew Lynch

Matthew Lynch examines ways in which the only God grew to become identified and skilled via associations in line with the ebook of Chronicles. Chronicles recasts Israel's previous histories from the vantage element of energetic commitments to the temple and its aiding associations (the priesthood and royal house), and attracts out the varied ways in which these associations mediate divine strength and encourage nationwide team spirit. through realizing and taking part within the reestablishment of those associations, Chronicles means that post-exilic Judeans may well reconnect to the strong God of the previous regardless of the appallingly impoverished kingdom of post-exilic existence. even if, Chronicles contends that God was once now not beholden by way of these engaging within the temple method. As such, it constitutes a through media among regnant views at the courting among biblical monotheism and particularism, one that sees in monotheism an inherent flow past particularism, and one other which sees a complicated entice monotheism to valid robust associations. whereas Chronicles supplies expression to the profound resonances among institutional and divine greatness, it's also cautious to withstand linking divine strength and institutional strength in absolute terms.

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