Department/School of the Primary Author

Biblical and Theological Studies


Canon, Chronicles




This paper seeks to demonstrate an intentional placement of the book of Chronicles at the end of the Hebrew Bible in order for it to function as the theological summary of the Old Testament canon. An overview of a canonical approach to Scripture is given, starting with a proposed explanation for the final shape of the Hebrew Bible, namely that it is a composed theological book. External witnesses are examined, and each option for the books placement within these witnesses are evaluated. The internal evidence within the text itself is also evaluated in order to infer the intentions of the biblical authors. It is argued that both the external and internal evidence given for the placement of Chronicles are best explained in its theological function as the conclusion to the Hebrew Bible.

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