The Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries provide compact, critical commentaries on the books of the Old Testament for the use of theological students and pastors. The commentaries are also useful for upper-level college or university students and for those responsible for teaching in congregational settings. In addition to providing basic information and insights into the Old Testament writings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful interpretation, all to assist students of the Old Testament in coming to an informed and critical engagement with the biblical texts themselves.
The present volume gives an up-to-date, readable commentary on the books of First and Second Chronicles. The commentary covers critical issues section by section while emphasizing the larger theological and literary issues in Chronicles and illustrating its relevance for modern readers.
"Steven McKenzie stands at the very center of the influential group of scholars who in recent years have pioneered a positive re-evaluation of Chronicles. The exceptional clarity of his explanations and exegesis makes this an excellent first-stop commentary for students at all levels."
H.G.M. Williamson, University of Oxford
"An insightful and judicious study, making accessible one of the most important, but often neglected, books of the Old Testament."
Gary N. Knoppers, Pennslyvania State University
"McKenzie clearly articulates the relationships that emerge upon careful attention to the literary, exegetical, and theological contexts of these capstones of the Hebrew Bible. His comparisons with the more familiar, earlier history of Israel found in the books of Samuel and Kings are illuminating and insightful."
Mark A. Throntveit, Luther Seminary, St. Paul
"McKenzie's work represents the growing scholarly appreciation for Chronicles for its literary artistry, theological nuance, and profound spirituality. His concise summaries of complex issues, attention to historical background and literary connections, and lucid writing style make this commentary an excellent choice."
M. Patrick Graham, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
"The last twenty years have seen remarkable advances in our understanding of the books of Chronicles, and Steven L. McKenzie has been a frequent and major contributor to this scholarly discussion."
Ralph W. Klein, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.