Between Genealogy and Historiography

Er, Achar and Saul in the Book of Chronicles

In: Vetus Testamentum
Neriah Klein 1 Alon Shevut Israel

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The literary study of the genealogies in 1 Chr 1-9 has recently received a number of significant contributions, and this paper attempts to be a part of that growing trend. The paper analyzes the literary design of two lists—Judah’s sons and Zerah’s sons (1 Chr 2:3-8)—and shows that the uniform design of the two lists intends to present the rejection of certain branches of the tribe of Judah on account of their representatives’ sins (Er, Achar) as a background for the electing of King David. Afterwards, a literary parallel is examined between the characters of Er and Achar and the character of Saul in 1 Chr 10:13-14. This parallel has implications for the structure of the book and the relationship between its two parts: the genealogies (1 Chr 1-9) and the historiography (1 Chr 10-2 Chr 36).

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