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2 Chronicles
John Jarick

Across the pages of 2 Chronicles a colourful cast of characters passes in breathless parade before the reader. The tales of the kings of Judah are told in sequence, from Rehoboam 'the Enlarger' (who on the contrary shrinks the kingdom) to Zedekiah 'the Righteous' (who equally contrariwise profanes the divine name). These motley monarchs are preceded by the unparalleled King Solomon of All Israel and succeeded by the imperial King Cyrus of Persia, and all the while the tellers of the tales weave an insistent ideological thread through the fabric of their stories. John Jarick's reading of Chronicles brings out the fascination and discomfort of handling an ancient scroll that presents itself as the authoritative account of how things were and how they ought to be.

John Jarick is Old Testament Tutor at St Stephen's House, Oxford.

Series: Readings: A New Biblical Commentary
978-1-905048-96-0, 1-905048-96-3 hardback / 978-1-905048-97-7, 1-905048-97-1 paperback
Publication December 2007

Jarick's knowledge of the text is detailed, profound, and scholarly and he draws out many a subtle point in the presentation of the story which could easily be missed. His style is relaxed and easy to follow, spiced with attractive humour, which makes the reading of these volumes not only profitable but enjoyable... There is value and pleasure in reading this commentary, which is so centred on the contents of the books themselves and draws out those contents in such an informative and illuminative way, that it will surely stand deservedly as a landmark in study of the books of Chronicles. Rex Mason, Journal of Theological Studies.