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Altes Testament


Lynch, Matthew


Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles. Temple, Priesthood, and Kingship in Post-Exilic Perspective


Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2013. X, 307 S. = Studies of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Research Group on Early Jewish Monotheism, 1; Forschungen zum Alten Testament. 2. Reihe, 64. Kart. EUR 79,00. ISBN 978-3-16-152111-9.


Hugh G. M. Williamson

In this revised Emory University doctoral dissertation, supervised by David Petersen, Matthew Lynch succeeds in breaking new ground in our understanding of what, in the older days of the Biblical Theology movement, used to be labelled the kerygmatic rhetoric of the Chronicler. In L.’s own more accessible wording, ›how does Chronicles do theology?‹(4).
After two introductory chapters which set the scene and which are quite demanding on the reader, his three main exegetical chapters discuss the major institutions of temple, priesthood, and kingship in their relationship with the God whom the Chronicler clearly regarded as unique. As members of the research group based in Göttingen are showing, the term ›monotheism‹ is a good deal more complicated than many people realize, ...

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