Encountering the Old Testament, 3rd Edition

A Christian Survey

series: Encountering Biblical Studies

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17. First and Second Chronicles: A Look Back

Discussion Questions

  1. The books of Chronicles are known as the first commentary on the Scriptures. Why?
  2. Why do you think the Chronicler had a purpose different from the author of the books of Samuel or Kings?
  3. Did the Chronicler discriminate against Solomon by noting his evil deeds and not noting the sins of David?
  4. Do you think that the books of Chronicles are actually necessary to the history of Israel? Why?
  5. Does the emphasis on the temple in Chronicles give us any support for placing an emphasis on church buildings today?

Class Activities

  1. Divide the class into eight small groups. Assign one of the kings to each group: David, Solomon, Ahaz, Abijah, Asa, Jehosaphat, Ahaziah, Joash. Have the groups use the criteria for assessment of kings on the transparency to assess the king they have been assigned. Conclude with a feedback session involving all eight groups. Class time allowed: 30 minutes.
  2. Lead a class discussion on the importance of the genealogy in chapters 1–7 of 1 Chronicles. Focus on why these are included.