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Ancient Israelite Historian: Studies in the Chronicler, His Time, Place and Writing (Isaac Kalimi) Hardcover Book, (Van Gorcum, 2005) 9789023240716
Ancient Israelite Historian: Studies in the Chronicler, His Time, Place and Writing (Isaac Kalimi) Hardcover Book, (Van Gorcum, 2005) 9789023240716
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Title: An Ancient Israelite Historian: Studies in the Chronicler, His Time, Place and Writing

Author: Kalimi, Isaac

Publisher: Van Gorcum; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789023240716

Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 211

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Conditioned by his own time and place, the Chronicler (that is, the author of the book of Chronicles) evaluated the past from his own historical context and its standards. This means that the book of Chronicles primarily represents the views of its author about the past, making it applicable to the time and generation when it was composed, rather than representing the times and generations spoken about, the monarchic period. The message of the Chronicler was undeniably different from that of the earlier biblical works and was intended for a different era and audience. The message was modified to conform, first and foremost, to contemporary, local, and new historical circumstances. But what exactly was the time of the Chronicler? Where did he live and write, and under what historical circumstances? In contrast to the Greek and Hellenistic writers, the Chronicler did not provide any direct information about himself, his time, his place, or even the basic nature and purpose of his writing. Consequently, the modern researcher must draw conclusions about the author, his setting, and the nature and purpose(s) of his composition essentially through study of the book of Chronicles. This volume attempts to respond to these questions insofar as the sources allow.CONTENTSPart One: The Chronicler, His Time and His WritingChapter 1: The Characterization of the Chronicler and His Writing I. IntroductionII. The Main Feature of Chronicles and Its Author 1. The Chronicler as Midrashist 2. The Chronicler as Exegete 3. The Chronicler as Theologian 4. The Chronicler as HistorianIII. Evaluation of Chronicles and Its Place in Biblical HistoriographyIV. ConclusionChapter 2: The Date of the Book of Chronicles: Biblical Text, Elephantine Papyri and El-Ibrahimiah's Aramaic Grave InscriptionI. Biblical Text and Scholarship: Positions and Perspectives 1. The Challenge and the Complexity 2. Early Post-Exilic Period 3. Hellenistic Period 4. Plausibility of the Early and Late Dating 5. Persian PeriodII. The Relationship between Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah, Chronicle's Extent and Its DateIII. Terminus a quo: The List of David's DescendantsIV. The Elephantine PapyriV. The El-Ibrahimiah's Aramaic Grave InscriptionVI. ConclusionChapter 3: Utilization of Pun/Paronomasia in the Chronistic Writing I. Definition of Pun/Paronomasia and the Current State of ResearchII. Pun/Paronomasia in the Parallel TextsIII. Pun/Paronomasia in Non-Parallel TextsIV. Pun/Paronomasia in Explanations of NamesV. ConclusionPart Two: The Chronicler and His Place: Jerusalem in the Chronistic WritingChapter 4: The View of Jerusalem in the Ethnographical Introduction of Chronicles I. IntroductionII. David's Descendants and DynastyIII. Levi's GenealogyIV. The Inhabitants of JerusalemV. ConclusionChapter 5: The Capture of Jerusalem in the Deuteronomistic and Chronistic HistoryI. The Chronicler and the Pre-Davidic Jerusalem II. The Capture of Jerusalem: When, How and by Whom?III. The Purpose of 1 Chr 11,6IV. The Historical Reliability of 1 Chr 11, 6 V. ConclusionChapter 6: The Eternal City: "Jerusalem" versus "City of David"Chapter 7: The Twilight of Jerusalem: King Jehoiachin and the Temple's Vessels in the Deuteronomistic and Chronistic HistoryI. IntroductionII. Jehoiachin and Depopulation of Jerusalem and JudahIII. Despoiling of Jerusalem and the TempleIV. The Destiny of the Temple Vessels: Deportation, Preservation and Restoration V. ConclusionChapter 8: Jerusalem-The Divine City: The Representation of Jerusalem in Chronicles Compared with Earlier and Later Jewish CompositionsI. IntroductionII. The Chronistic View of Jerusalem Compared with the Deuteronomistic View 1. The Capital of the "Kingdom of the Lord," the Site of His Throne and Sanctuary2. The Chosen City of God3. The Location of the Temple and the AqedahIII. Comparison of the Representation of Jerusalem in Chronicles with that in Prophetic and Post-Biblical Literature1. Jerusalem in the Exilic and Postexilic Prophetic and Jewish Apocalyptic Writings2. Jerusalem in Jewish Hellenistic Literature and Other Writings 3. Jerusalem in Chronistic Writing4. The View of Jerusalem: Between the Chronicler and Other WritersIV. The Centrality of Jerusalem in Chronistic WritingV. ConclusionChapter 9: "So Let Him Go Up [to Jerusalem]": A Historical and Theological Observation on Cyrus' Decree in ChroniclesI. Cyrus' Decree and Its OriginII. The Place of Cyrus' Decree in ChroniclesIII. The Purpose of Cyrus' Decree in Chronicles 1. Fulfillment of God's Word in History2. The Historical-Practical Orientation3. Theological OrientationIV. Excursus: The Historical Setting of the Hebrew Canon's Last WordV. ConclusionEpilogueBibliography Indexes (1)Index of Sources 1. Hebrew Bible References 2. Ancient Biblical Versions 3. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha 4. Dead Sea Scrolls 5. Ancient Near Eastern Texts 6. Greek and Roman Authors 7. Jewish-Hellenistic Writings 8. Rabbinic Literature 9. Jewish Medieval Writings 10. New Testament References 11. Early Christian Writings (2) General Index-Names and Topics (3) Index of Authors REVIEWS"Students of Chronicles have long admired Professor Isaac Kalimi's thorough, creative, and stimulating work on that unique literature. This volume now compiles in one place his most recent studies. Readers will applaud its organization and balance of scholarly rigor and readability in treating fundamental issues--the date of Chronicles as well as its unique hermeneutical stance and genre. The author's exploration of one of its central motifs--the city of Jerusalem--is certainly a highpoint. Flowing from the pen of an internationally recognized authority, this book is a must-read for students of Chronicles and biblical history and historiography as a whole. Sweet, indeed, is the fruit of the author's superb research, and grateful the readers who savor it."--Professor Robert L. Hubbard, North Park University & Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, USA"In recent years, Chronicles has begun to receive the scholarly attention it deserves. Professor Isaac Kalimi, one of the most distinguished voices in the scholarly renaissance, here makes the crucial point that the Chronicler is genuine historian, not a "midrashist," "exegete," or "theologian." Chronicles can therefore be categorized as "late biblical historical writing." After discussing matters of date, authorship, and genre in Part I, the author focuses on the Chronicler's treatment of Jerusalem in order to show how he writes history. This book offers a comprehensive and highly competent treatment of an important biblical book."--Professor Richard J. Clifford, Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, USA"The books of Chronicles have enjoyed a quarter century of scholarly re-evaluation. In this significant study Professor Kalimi has provided us with a coherent and judicious investigation of several of the most important complex issues. His probing analysis of several aspects of the importance of Jerusalem for the Chronicler is especially rewarding. Also to be welcomed is the wealth of insight from ancient and medieval Jewish sources that enhances his presentation, as well as the reliable guidance through the sometimes perplexing maze of the Chronicler's literary tropes and conventions that he provides."--Mark A. Throntveit, Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN, USA"This book by one of scholarship's most accomplished students of Chronicles is indeed welcome. It presents readers with a rich collection of studies dealing with some of the most vexing issues of Chronicles study, as well as with some of the more obscure topics. Kalimi's writing is cogent, thoroughly sensible, and based on solid scholarship, bringing to bear the author's breadth of learning, familiarity with the course of biblical interpretation, and keen historical sense. "--Professor M. Patrick Graham, Emory University, Atlanta, GA"Professor Kalimi has contributed much to the study of Chronicles and to the present awareness of the sophisticated literary craft that characterizes the book. This is an excellent volume that raises a number of central issues for the study of the book. I enjoyed reading it and certainly it made me think about many core matters associated with Chronicles. Highly recommended!"--Professor Ehud Ben Zvi, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada"This volume is the culmination and crowning achievement (for the time being) of many years of research in the book of Chronicles by Professor Isaac Kalimi, who in numerous previous publications has established himself as a foremost specialist and authority in Chronicles and its literary, cultural and historical context. Without any doubt, this major work will both deepen our knowledge and understanding of this intriguing book and stimulate further debate and research."--Dr. Piet B. Dirksen, University of Leiden, Holland"Kalimi is an exacting scholar who has specialzed in the Chronicler, and this volume shows him at his best."--Paul L. Redditt in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68 (2006)"The book is well organized with helpful summaries concluding each chapter and is well documented with numerous bibliographic references. The book contains numerous helpful charts and tables and some wonderful photographs of works of art, ancient manuscripts and epigraphic evidence. The book is very readable, allowing easy access to the well reasoned conclusions of a specialist in Chronicles studies. This book will benefit the student and scholar alike. It constitutes an important contribution to the study of this fascinating book."--Paul Evans, Wycliffe College, Toronto, Canada in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Volume 5 (2005)"Consistently, the chapters in the volume attest to Kalimi's strengths in exegesis and stylistic analysis as well as his awareness of ancient interpretations. Kalimi always demonstrates a keen ability to see and draw relationships between passages, sources, or commentary in a way that yields insightful, although often impressionistic, readings. While not always compelling in my opinion, Kalimi's contributions are judiciously argued and will stimulate research and debate among students and scholars.In addition to these nine chapters, the volume includes a detailed table of contents, a list of abbreviations, a list of the six figures that punctuate the book, acknowledgements, a summary prologue, a very brief epilogue, a bibliography, and indices of sources, topics, and authors. Many of the chapters are best read in conjunction with Kalimi's The Reshaping of Ancient Israelite History in Chronicles, which he frequently footnotes to support conclusions or assumptions. The collection is an important one for the study of Chronicles and those with an interest in the literary, theological constructions of Jerusalem in biblical historiography. It is a credit to Isaac Kalimi and will serve students and scholars well."--Kenneth A. Ristau, Pennsylvania State University in Review of Biblical Literature, April 2006"Kalimi, one of the esteemed specialists of the Chronicler's work. has provided us an intriguing historical and theological study about the Chronicler's work that will surely provoke further discussion."--Stefan Beyerle, Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Period 37 (2006)
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