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Impeccable Solomon? a Study of Solomon's Faults in Chronicles

  • By Yong Ho Jeon
Synopsis: Solomon's idolatry, his murder of his political enemies, and his role in the breakup of the kingdom, which are bluntly presented in Kings, are omitted in Chronicles. Is King Solomon presented as impeccable in Chronicles, in stark contrast to his portrayal in Kings? Is Solomon idealized in Chronicles at the cost of honest writing of history? To this question, the consensus view says, "Yes." However, Yong Ho Jeon takes a different route and maintains that the Chronicler's portrait of Solomon is much more nuanced than many suppose. Jeon employs a "reader-sensitive" approach that considers the biblical writer's intention to use his readers' prior knowledge and the reading process itself to present a portrait of Solomon. Applying this methodology results in a new interpretation of Solomon not only in Chronicles but in Kings as well. Endorsements: "This is an important book challenging the fashionable view that Chronicles whitewashes the character of Solomon. It is carefully and thoroughly argued, and future students of Chronicles will have to take it very seriously." --Gordon Wenham, Trinity College, Bristol "With careful attention to the author's actual statements (and silences) about Solomon, a new reading of Abijah's speech in 2 Chronicles 13 on the division of the kingdom, and a close study of the author's communicative methods, Jeon convincingly shows the Chronicler's Solomon is more complex than conventionally thought, and certainly far from faultless." --Brian E. Kelly, author of Retribution and Eschatology in Chronicles "Jeon provides a carefully argued and compelling critique of the current consensus. In his view, the Chronicler, far from presenting us with a flawless Solomon, is deeply critical of several aspects of Solomon's reign. However, Jeon's interest extends beyond the Chronicler's portrait of Solomon to the nature and purpose of Chronicles as a whole. His reader-sensitive approach to the text invites us to reevaluate the Chronicler as literary artist, theologian, and historian." --John Bimson, Trinity College, Bristol Author Biography: Yong Ho Jeon is International Chaplain and lecturer at Trinity College in Bristol, UK. He is also the pastor of Reading Korean Church.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781610978101
    • Manufacturer: Pickwick Pubn
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781610978101
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2013
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Yong Ho Jeon
    • Page Count: 334
    • Weight: 1.00 pounds
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