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The Other Chronicles

A chronicle is an account of events or facts in relation to time (chronology is derived from the same root, as is a technical word for a watch or clock, a chronometer). While there are two Books of the Scriptures that have been called the Chronicles, there are other references in the Bible (including in the Chronicles themselves) to non-Biblical political "chronicles" that the Israelites kept before the Scriptural Books of Chronicles were written i.e. the other chronicles, now all lost, are referred to as having existed during the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, whereas the Books of Chronicles in The Bible are known to have been written by the Scribes with, and during, the time, and the books, of Ezra and Nehemiah, well after Israel and Judah ceased to exist as kingdoms. They therefore cannot be the same chronicles, although they very likely were used as information and data sources, if they survived the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) and the Kingdom of Judah by the Babylonians (see Ancient Empires - Babylon).

"The Chronicles of Israel and Judah"

Ancient Writings Some examples of the many references to the other "Chronicles of the Kings of Israel" (see also Israelite Dynasties):

"Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel." (1 Kings 14:19 RSV)

"Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?" (1 Kings 15:31 RSV)

"Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?" (2 Kings 1:18 RSV)

"Now the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel." (2 Kings 15:31 RSV)

Some examples of the many references to the other "Chronicles of the Kings of Judah" (see also Kings of Israel and Judah):

"Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?" (1 Kings 14:29 RSV)

"Now the rest of all the acts of Asa, all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?" (1 Kings 15:23 RSV)

"Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?" (2 Kings 8:23 RSV)

"Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?" (2 Kings 15:6 RSV)

A plain reference to the other chronicles, in this example the chronicles of King David, in a Biblical Book of Chronicles:

"David did not number those below twenty years of age, for The Lord had promised to make Israel as many as the stars of heaven. Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but did not finish; yet wrath came upon Israel for this, and the number was not entered in the chronicles of King David." (1 Chronicles 27:23-24 RSV)

Fact Finder: What sort of information is recorded in the Books of Chronicles in the Bible?
See 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles


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