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Wednesday, July 9 2014
1 Chronicles 9: The Genealogy Of The Return
"So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies"
The Books that have come to be known in English as the "Chronicles" ("To record in chronological order; to make a historical record") don't strictly record history in chronological order. The reasoning for most of the explanatory inserts are clear, but not as obvious for others - as documented at the beginning of this chapter (see also The Lesson Of Man-Made Chapters). The return of the people of the Kingdom of Judah (see the Fact Finder question below), along with a few misplaced stragglers who were swept up by the other kingdom's exile ("in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim, and Manasseh"), happened long after the reigns of Saul and David - although the information is included as we read here.
"9:1 So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they were written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, who were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.
The genealogy of King Saul was then listed (see King Saul of Israel).
"9:35 And in Gibeon dwelt the father of Gibeon, Jehiel, whose wife's name was Maachah: 9:36 And his firstborn son Abdon, then Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Ner, and Nadab, 9:37 And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zechariah, and Mikloth. 9:38 And Mikloth begat Shimeam. And they also dwelt with their brethren at Jerusalem, over against their brethren. 9:39 And Ner begat Kish; and Kish begat Saul; and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal. 9:40 And the son of Jonathan was Meribbaal: and Meribbaal begat Micah. 9:41 And the sons of Micah were, Pithon, and Melech, and Tahrea, and Ahaz. 9:42 And Ahaz begat Jarah; and Jarah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza; 9:43 And Moza begat Binea; and Rephaiah his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 9:44 And Azel had six sons, whose names are these, Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan: these were the sons of Azel." (1 Chronicles 9:35-44 KJV)
Fact Finder: Who were the two men given the primary responsibility of overseeing the people of the Kingdom of Judah (i.e. Judah, Benjamin and Levi) make their return to Jerusalem?
This Day In History, July 9
118: Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, made his entry into the city (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
455: Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul, became Emperor of the West.
869: A magnitude 8.6 earthquake and resultant tsunami devastated the area around Sendai in the northern part of Honshu, Japan.
1228: Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, died. It was Langton who formulated the original division of the Bible into chapters - the original Scriptures had no "chapters and verses" (see The Lesson Of Man-Made Chapters).
1386: In the Swiss-Swabian wars, Leopold III and his 6,000-strong Austrian army were defeated by a force of 1,600 Swiss pikemen at the battle of Sempach in a display of superior tactics.
1540: The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife, was annulled by an Anglican convocation (with Henry as the self-appointed head of the Church of England, his annulment request was sure to be "granted").
1686: The League of Augsburg was formed with the alliance of the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), Spain, Sweden and Saxony against the French King Louis XIV.
1790: The Swedish navy captured one third of the Russian fleet at the naval battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
1810: Holland was annexed by Napoleon after Louis Napoleon, his brother, abdicated from the throne.
1816: Argentina's independence from Spain was declared at the Congress of Tucuman.
1900: The Commonwealth of Australia was established, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.
1944: After a month-long battle (that began with the D-Day invasion on June 6), British and Canadian forces captured most of the town of Cain in France.
1947: The engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.
1958: Lituya Bay, Alaska was hit by the highest tsunami in recorded history: 524 meters (over 1,700 feet) high.
1959: The uprising at Wadi Salib, a slum in the formerly Arab section of Haifa, Israel. Oriental Jews, mostly Moroccans, rioted in protest against their poor situation in Israeli society, in which they claimed that European Jews were favored.
1960: 7 year old Roger Woodward became the first person to survive an accidental fall over Niagara Falls.
1962: The "Starfish Prime" high-altitude nuclear test. A nuclear bomb was detonated 250 miles above the earth, over the Pacific Ocean. It was one of five U.S. nuclear bombings of space.
1979: Voyager 2 encountered the Jupiter system after nearly 2 years of sailing through interplanetary space.
2002: The African Union was established.