The book of Chronicles has had a chequered past. Neglected for many years under the unfortunate name Paralipomenon, or Things Omitted, meant that it occupied a subordinate position in the Scriptures until the 4th century AD when the title A Chronicle of the Whole of Sacred History was suggested instead.
Likely penned by Ezra, Chronicles is a selective history of the Jews and an admonishment to the Jews to trust that God is intimately involved in their story. Written at a time when the Jews were newly out of captivity and with their capital city in ruins, Chronicles assures them of God's faithfulness.
About the Author
Cyril J. Barber has authored more than 30 books, including 8 on the Old Testament. He taught for over 25 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Talbot Theological Seminary and Trinity International University.