This volume is a study of the ideology of the Chronicler in the context of the emerging theocratic community of Judah in the Persian period. This study breaks new ground in treating the 'purpose' of Chronicles from an explicitly social-theoretical perspective.
The first two chapters examine the relationship between biblical interpretation and ideological criticism, moving from the historical critical concept of 'purpose' to the hermeneutical issues of understanding, ideological distortion and critique. Subsequent chapters are devoted to three ideological critical readings of Chronicles focusing in succession on the identity of Israel, the legitimacy of Jerusalem and the construction of hierarchy.
Care is taken throughout to define concepts clearly and to highlight the interpretive perspectives employed making this volume particularly useful for those engaged in methodological discussion.
Jonathan E. Dyck, Ph.D. (1994) in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, is Lecturer in Biblical Interpretation in the University of Dublin, Trinity College. He has published articles on Chronicles and ideological criticism.
...this book is a very significant contribution to the critical and theological debate about Exodus.'
All those interested in the interpretation of Chronicles (as well as Ezra-Nehemiah), the sociology of Judaism in the Persian period, and the ideological criticism of biblical texts.