n HTS : Theological Studies - War narratives in the book of Chronicles : a new proposal in respect of their function
|Article Title||War narratives in the book of Chronicles : a new proposal in respect of their function|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Publication Date||Sep 2003|
|Pages||587 - 596|
Research has shown that the majority of the narratives on war in the book of Chronicles have been created by the Chronicler himself. This article offers a fresh proposal that war narratives in the book of Chronicles are to be read and explained as a reflection of the factual military impotence of Yehud during the Persian period. This military weakness has been transformed into a theological concept in which it is God who wages war in favour of the people seeking God. The outcome of these divine actions depends on the people of Judah's attitude, whether they "seek the Lord" or "abandon the Lord". Therefore, these war narratives should not be traced back to the concept of holy war.
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