"In this rich theological commentary, Scott Hahn gives a powerful account of Chronicles' inner unity: its creative recollection of Israel's canonical traditions and its inspiring vision of Israel as a priestly kingdom."-- Stephen B. Chapman, Duke Divinity School
Chronicles offers the first attempt to understand and interpret the entire sweep of Old Testament history from the creation of the world to the Israelites' return from exile. This commentary on 1-2 Chronicles shows how the author of Chronicles reads the Old Testament as the first canonical critic; as such, the Chronicler is the first biblical theologian. Scott Hahn identifies in the Chronicler's work a decisive biblical worldview and highlights the Abrahamic key to the Chronicler's narrative. He also explores how Chronicles provides readers with important insights into key New Testament concepts such as Jerusalem, Zion, the Temple, the church, the Kingdom, and the messianic identification of Christ as King and Priest. In fact, Chronicles is the only work in the Old Testament to use the expression Kingdom of God. The Abrahamic key helps readers see the importance of the Abrahamic covenant in the theology of the New Testament.
Hahn presents 1-2 Chronicles as a liturgical and theological interpretation of Israel's history, emphasizing the liturgical structure and content of Chronicles and providing fresh insight on salvation history: past, present, and future. The book gives professors, students, and pastors a better understanding of Chronicles, salvation history, and theological interpretation of the Old Testament.
"Now the Records Are Ancient": An Introduction to Chronicles
1. Chronicle of All Divine History: A Genealogy of Grace in a Time of Exile and Restoration (1 Chr. 1-9)
2. Highly Exalted for the Sake of His People Israel: The Rise of David and His Kingdom (1 Chr. 10-16)
3. His Throne Shall be Established Forever: God's Covenant with King David (1 Chr. 17)
4. God Gives Rest to His People: The Beginnings of the Temple-Kingdom Age (1 Chr. 18-29)
5. Liturgy and Empire: Theocracy in the Temple Age (2 Chr. 1-9)
6. In Rebellion Since That Day: After the House of David Is Divided (2 Chr. 10-28)
7. Exile and Return: The Fall and Rise of the Kingdom (2 Chr. 29-36)
"For many Christians, the Old Testament is still a closed book, unconnected to the great themes of the church's proclamation and the believer's walk of faith. In this rich theological commentary, Scott Hahn gives a powerful account of Chronicles' inner unity: its creative recollection of Israel's canonical traditions and its inspiring vision of Israel as a priestly kingdom. The church, the sacraments, Marian devotion--these are all shown to have their roots in Chronicles in this profoundly Catholic reading that also offers a bracing rebuke to the long, sad history of Protestant disparagement of ritual, priests, and temple worship in the Bible."
Stephen B. Chapman, associate professor of Old Testament, Duke Divinity School
"Scott Hahn's brilliantly illuminating commentary on First and Second Chronicles represents an important contribution to the renewal of biblical scholarship. Demonstrating a master's command of the entirety of biblical revelation, Hahn shows how the Chronicler both gave focus to the story of Israel and provided the foundation for much of the New Testament meditation on Jesus as Messiah and Son of David. This book is written with extraordinary passion and intelligence. I would recommend it warmly to both scholars and preachers."
Robert Barron, Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture, Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake
"Scott Hahn's The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire is a scriptural symphony, weaving together themes from Old and New Testaments into a remarkable theological synthesis. Hahn deftly shows the Chronicler's work for what it is: a rich tapestry that reveals the ways of God with his people Israel in the past, as well as offering hope that God will ultimately fulfill the promises made to his servant David. This lucid and insightful volume deserves to be on the shelf of anyone interested in the burgeoning field of theological interpretation of Scripture."
Rodrigo Morales, assistant professor, department of theology, Marquette University
"During his public ministry, Jesus of Nazareth spoke about the 'kingdom of God' more than any other theme. Yet the exact meaning of the phrase continues to be debated, and the precise expression, 'Kingdom of the LORD,' appears in only one part of Jewish Scripture: the books of Chronicles. In this masterful commentary, Scott Hahn shows that an essential key to understanding the biblical concept of the kingdom lies hidden in the often overlooked work of the Chronicler and his history of the liturgical empire of David. In this book, Hahn has produced something very rare: a commentary that is rigorously exegetical, profoundly theological, and a must-read for both Old and New Testament scholars. This is biblical theology at its best!"
Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary
"Drawing upon a wide array of Jewish and Christian interpreters, Hahn persuasively presents 1 and 2 Chronicles as a powerful exemplar of the typological, covenantal, and liturgical exegesis that has shaped the Christian tradition of biblical interpretation. For readers (like myself) who have tended to think of the Chronicles as rather dull, this book will reintroduce the richness of Scripture."
Matthew Levering, professor of theology, University of Dayton
"I have always been impressed by Hahn's uncanny ability to not only hear and see both the wider and specific meanings of the biblical text--especially understanding the OT in the light of the NT--but to convey this meaning vividly for serious lay readers and scholars alike. Here Hahn demonstrates what Pope Benedict XVI has affirmed, that authentic biblical criticism can be done best with a hermeneutic of faith and continuity. A thoroughly enjoyable read that shows how the key of liturgy unlocks a much deeper understanding of the whole of Scripture, I believe this is Hahn's magnum opus."