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"The Former Prophets from Joshua to Kings had sought to show how history was a revelation of God.
The purpose of the Chronicler was very different. Writing probably about 400 BC or a little later he wanted to encourage the Jews in their despondency. They had indeed returned in part from the Babylonian exile and had been able to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, but every vestige of political freedom remained denied to them, and there was no sign of the reestablishment of the Davidic monarchy.
The Chronicler saw clearly that in the history of Israel two things were inextricably intertwined, the Davidic dynasty and the Temple not the Tabernacle. So he wrote a history of both, so that men might recognize that if the Temple had been restored, then a restoration of the monarchy might be confidently expected.
What he did not realize was that the lack of asking really showed that the Temple was no more than a shell without glory, waiting for the coming king to give it a new meaning."
Extended Outline for Book of Ezra
Rev. Paul J. Bucknell
I. Rebuilding the Temple
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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