Overview of 1Chronicles

13th book of the BIBLE, Old Testament and 8th among the 12 historical books

First Chronicles parallels 2 Samuel

1 Chronicles emphasizes the religious history of Judah and Israel.

The specific background of 1 and 2 Chronicles is the period after the Exile.

While the Books of Kings were written to those in exile, the Books of Chronicles address the postexilic community

Kings and Chronicles have different political perspectives. While Kings embraces both kingdoms, Israel and Judah, Chronicles focuses only on Judah.

Kings presents a prophetic outlook, while Chronicles operates from a priestly vantage point.

The Book of 1 Chronicles has two main divisions. The first section is nine chapters of genealogies.

The second part of 1 Chronicles (10—29) records the events and accomplishments in the life of King David.

While 1 and 2 Kings draw out the fact of human responsibility, showing that sin leads to defeat, 1 Chronicles accentuates the sovereign deliverance of God.

Chronicles skillfully tells the story of how God was true to His word and kept the promises He had made to His people.