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kregel.comacademic 6 ISBN 978-0-8254-2559-2 9 7 8 0 8 2 5 4 2 5 5 9 2 978-0-8254-2559-2 39.99 Hardcover 6 x 9 640 pages Biblical Commentary Old Testament Kregel Academic Rights World November 27 2015 The trauma of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple the exile of thousands of Judeas citizens the subsequent return after 70 years to the homeland and the difficult task of starting the new covenant community virtually from scratch all contributed to a reassessment of Israels meaning with destiny. The chronicler- theologian thus composed his work not just as a history of his people from their ancient beginnings but as an interpreted history one designed to offer hope to the beleaguered community as well as to issue warnings that should they fall back into the ways of their fathers they could expect the judgment of God to be repeated. Eugene Merrills commentary on 1 and 2 Chronicles promises to be a significant contribution to the dialogue on these important books. This commentary is exegetically helpful for the scholar but theologically accessible and useful for the pastor. Merrill provides an exegetical study of each passage in these books examining a number of themes especially drawing out three principal theological themes 1 David and his historical and eschatological reign 2 the renewal of the everlasting covenant and 3 the new temple as a symbol of a reconstituted people. Merrill offers astute guidance to preachers and teachers wanting to do a study of 1 and 2 Chronicles by providing insightful exegetical and theological commentary. Preaching Magazine named A Commentary on 1 2 Chronicles one of the best Bible Resources of 2015. Eugene H. Merrill is distinguished professor emer- itus of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas. His other publications include Kingdom of Priests. A Commentary on 1 2 Chronicles KREGEL EXEGETICAL LIBRARY Eugene H. Merrill BIBLICAL STUDIES A Commentary on Judges and Ruth 978-0-8254-2556-1 39.99 RELATED TITLE ENDORSEMENTS Eugene Merrill one of the foremost interpreters of the Old Testament today carefully and skillfully guides us through the theological and historical dimensions of Chronicles showing its unique richness. His work illumines the book of Chronicles for todays readers. I recommend it for all serious students of the Bible but especially for pastors who want to and should preach from this fascinating book. Tremper Longman III Westmont College Although Chronicles is one of the longest books in the Bible it is also among the most neglected. . . . Readers will welcome therefore the detailed attention given to historical compara- tive and theological issues in the substantive commentary of Eugene Merrill. Gerald Knoppers University of Notre Dame