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The Retelling of Chronicles in Jewish Tradition and Literature

A Historical Journey

Isaac Kalimi

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The Retelling of Chronicles in Jewish Tradition and Literature

A Historical Journey

Isaac Kalimi

Isaac Kalimi reveals the history of the book of Chronicles from Hellenistic times to the beginning of critical biblical scholarship at the dawn of the 17h century. This comprehensive examination focuses, first and foremost, on the use of Chronicles in Jewish societies through the generations and highlights the attitudes and biases of writers, translators, historians, artists, exegetes, theologians, and philosophers toward the book. The reader is made aware of what the biblical text has meant and what it has “accomplished” in the many contexts in which it has been presented.

 

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Isaac Kalimi reveals the history of the book of Chronicles from Hellenistic times to the beginning of critical biblical scholarship at the dawn of the 17h century. This comprehensive examination focuses, first and foremost, on the use of Chronicles in Jewish societies through the generations and highlights the attitudes and biases of writers, translators, historians, artists, exegetes, theologians, and philosophers toward the book. The reader is made aware of what the biblical text has meant and what it has “accomplished” in the many contexts in which it has been presented.

Throughout the volume, Kalimi strives to describe the journey of Chronicles not only along the route of Jewish history and interpretation but also in relation to the book’s non-Jewish heritage (namely, Christianity), demonstrating the differences and distinctiveness of the former. In contrast, the majority of commentaries on Chronicles written from the mid-19th century to the present day have contained little or nothing about the application, interpretation, and reception history of Chronicles by Jews and Christians for hundreds of years.

Chapter 1: Introduction

1. The Book of Chronicles and Its Status in the Hebrew Bible: Past and Present

2. The Purpose and Significance of the Current Study

3. The Present State of Scholarship

4. Sources, Methodological Approaches, and Coverage

Part 1: Chronicles in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament

Chapter 2: Chronicles’ Use in the Hebrew Bible

1. Introduction

2. Use of Chronicles in the Books of Qoheleth and Daniel

3. The Use of Chronicles in the Book of Joshua

4. The Placement of Chronicles in the Hebrew Canon/Tanak

5. Chronicles as One of the Writings

6. Why Was Chronicles Located after Ezra–Nehemiah?

8. Conclusion

Chapter 3: Chronicles’ Use in the New Testament

1. The New Testament as a Jewish Literary Heritage

2. Chronicles and the New Testament

3. Murder in the Temple: The Chronicler’s Story of the Priest-Prophet Zechariah: Literary and Theological Features, Historical Credibility and Impact

4. The Story about the Murder of Zechariah in the Gospels and Its Relation to Chronicles

5. Matthew 23:34–37 and 2 Chronicles 36:15–16

6. The Murders of the Messengers: Stephen versus Zechariah and the Ethical Values of the “New” versus the “Old” Testament

7. Robbers on the Road to Jericho: Luke’s Story of the Good Samaritan and Its Origin in Kings/Chronicles

8. Chronicles and the Genealogies of John the Baptist and Jesus

9. “Deliver Us from the Gentiles”: Possible Use of 1 Chronicles 16:35a in Acts 26:17a 65

10. Conclusion

Part 2: Chronicles in Jewish Hellenistic Sources

Chapter 4: Chronicles in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

1. Apocrypha

2. Pseudepigrapha

3. Conclusion

Chapter 5: Chronicles in the Septuagint, the Judeo-Hellenistic Historians and the Philosopher Philo

1. Chronicles and the Septuagint

2. The Use of Chronicles by Judeo-Hellenistic Historians

3. Chronicles and the Jewish-Hellenistic Philosopher Philo of Alexandria

4. Conclusion

Part 3: Chronicles in Ancient Texts and Ancient Art

Chapter 6: Chronicles, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Cairo Geniza

1. A Fragment of Chronicles: 4QChr (= 4Q118) 109

2. The Use of Chronicles in the Qumran Manuscripts

3. “Prayer” of Hezekiah and Isaiah (4Q448)

4. Chronicles and the Cairo Geniza

5. Conclusion

Chapter 7: Chronicles at Dura-Europos and in the Cognate Arts

1. The Number of Jesse’s Sons according to Samuel and Chronicles

2. Dura-Europos Synagogue and Its Fresco: Samuel Anointing David

3. Excursus: The Number of Brothers—The State of the Research

4. Josephus, the Artist of Dura-Europos, Rabbinic Sources and Medieval Christian Art

5. Conclusion

Chapter 8

Chronicles in the Mosaic Inscription of the Ancient Synagogue at Ein-Gedi

1. The Mosaic Inscription and 1 Chronicles 1:1–4

2. The Mosaic Aramaic Expressions and Chronicles

3. The Use of 1 Chronicles 1:1–4 and the Aramaic Expressions

in the Mosaic Inscription: An Observation

4. Conclusion to Part 3

Part 4: Chronicles in Classical Rabbinic Literature

Chapter 9: Chronicles in the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash

1. Introduction

2. Unity, Authorship, and the Relationship of Chronicles to Ezra–Nehemiah

3. Mishnah Yoma: The Reading of Chronicles to the High Priest

3. Chronicles in the Talmudic and Midrashic Literature

5. The Genealogical Lists of Chronicles and the Rabbinic Midrash

6. Conclusion

Chapter 10: Targum Chronicles: Historical Setting, Lack of Interest, and Translation Methods

1. Introduction

2. Translation Methods of Targum Chronicles

3. Conclusion

Chapter 11: Chronicles in Jewish Liturgy and Religious Ritual

1. Introduction

2. Prayers and Blessings

3. Haftarot

4. Passover Haggadah

5. Appendix: The Lord’s Tefillin

6. Conclusion

Part 5: Chronicles in Medieval Jewish Literature

Chapter 12: Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation: Comments and Commentaries on Chronicles

1. Introduction

2. Saadia Gaon and the Book of Chronicles

3. The Commentary on Chronicles Ascribed to Saadia Gaon’s Student

4. The Translation of the Karaite Japheth haLevi haBasri

5. Rabbi Jonah Ibn Janah

6. Rabbi Judah Ibn Balºam

7. Pseudo-Rashi on Chronicles

8. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki (Rashi) and Chronicles

9. Rabbi Abraham ibn Ezra

10. Rabbi David Kimchi (Radak)

11. Tanhum ben Joseph Yerushalmi and Chronicles

12. Rabbi Samuel Masnut and His Work on Chronicles

13. Rabbi Benjamin ben Judah Bozecco on Chronicles

14. Gersonides (Ralbag) on Chronicles

15. Abarbanel and Chronicles

16. The Metzudot Commentaries on Chronicles: Rabbis David Altschuler and Jehiel Hillel Altschuler

17. The Lost Commentaries of Rabbi Joseph Kara and Rabbi Meyuhas

18. Chronicles’ Interpretation in the Responsa

19. Conclusion

Chapter 13: Chronicles in Medieval Jewish Mystical Writing: The Zohar

1. Introduction

2. Chronicles and the Zohar

3. Conclusion

Chapter 14: Chronicles in Medieval Jewish Poetry

1. Introduction

2. Solomon Ibn Gabirol

3. Moses Ibn Ezra

4. Judah Halevi

5. Murder of Zechariah: Chronicles, Rabbinic Legend, and Judah Halevi’s Lamentation

6. Murder of Zechariah in a Qina for the Ninth of Ab

7. Conclusion

Chapter 15: Chronicles in Medieval Jewish-Christian Disputes

1. Introduction

2. Use of Chronicles in Historical Disputes

3. Use of Chronicles in Polemical Writings

3. Yair ben Shabbetai da Correggio, A Two-Edged Sword

4. Conclusion

Part 6: Chronicles and the Dawn of Modern Jewish Biblical Critical Scholarship

Chapter 16: Chronicles on the Threshold: Azariah de’Rossi, Uriel da Costa Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, and Baruch Spinoza

1. Introduction

2. Azariah de’Rossi

3. Uriel da Costa

4. Joseph Solomon Delmedigo

5. Baruch Spinoza

6. Conclusion

Chapter 17: Summary and Conclusion

In General

In Particular

All in All

Bibliography

Indexes of Authors, Scripture, Ancient Sources, and Subjects

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