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War narratives in the book of Chronicles: A new proposal in respect of their function

P.C. Beentjes
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 3 | a665 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i3.665 | © 2003 P.C. Beentjes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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P.C. Beentjes, Univerisity of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Research has shown that the majority of the narratives on war in the book of Chronicles have been created by the Chronicler himself. This article offers a fresh proposal that war narratives in the book of Chronicles are to be read and explained as a reflection of the factual military impotence of Yehud during the Persian period. This military weakness has been transformed into a theological concept in which it is God who wages war in favour of the people seeking God. The outcome of these divine actions depends on the people of Judah’s attitude, whether they “seek the Lord” or “abandon the Lord”. Therefore, these war narratives should not be traced back to the concept of holy war.

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