About this book
A Bible text and commentary on the Book of 2 Chronicles. Written by Ian Mackervoy. November 2010. In 2 parts:
The two books of Chronicles were one book until there was a translation into the *Greek language. The men who translated the book divided it into two. This was because the length of it would fit more easily on two *scrolls. That ancient translation is called the Septuagint; its date is about 280 *BC.
We do not know who wrote the book of Chronicles. But the writer lived after the *exile. Probably he lived at the same time as Ezra. This was in the 5th century *BC.
The *Israelites had come back to their country after 70 years in *exile. The writer wanted to encourage them. He wanted to give them hope for the future. So, in his book, he showed how the *LORD was in control through all their history. And now the *LORD had brought them back to their own country. The *LORD wanted them to rebuild his *temple and to serve him. Then the *LORD would establish again the *kingdom called Israel. This *kingdom would include people from all 12 *tribes of Israel.
This second book continues the history of Israel through the rule of King Solomon. It carefully describes how Solomon built the *temple. Israel split into two *kingdoms during the rule of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. Two *tribes accepted Rehoboam as their king. They became the *kingdom called Judah. The other 10 *tribes refused to accept Rehoboam as their king. They became the *kingdom called Israel. This book records the history of Judah until the time of the *exile in Babylon. It finishes with the return of the *Jews to Jerusalem after the *exile.
(The notes at the start of our commentary on 1 Chronicles explain more about the books.)
The structure of 2 Chronicles
Solomon rules *Israel
The start of Solomon’s rule
Solomon builds the *temple
|Preparations for the *temple||2:1-18|
|Construction of the *temple||3:1-4:22|
|The *dedication of the *temple||5:1-7:22|
|What Solomon did||8:1-18|
|The fame and wealth of Solomon||9:1-31|
The *Kingdom called Judah
The division of the *kingdom
The rulers of Judah
Solomon rules *Israel – 2 Chronicles 1:1-9:31
|Chapter 1||Chapter 2||Chapter 3||Chapter 4||Chapter 5|
|Chapter 6||Chapter 7||Chapter 8||Chapter 9|