Purity, worship, obedience, and hope: 1 & 2 Chronicles called the early Hebrew people to faithful practice of these things, and they issue the same call to readers today. As August H. Konkel writes in the 30th commentary in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, the Chronicler provided a unifying vision of the community’s rich traditions in an era of despondency and apathy. Exile had robbed the people of Israel of their wealth, and their return to the land of Judah had created resentment with the surrounding peoples. Struggling to maintain their faith amid intense social pressures, the Hebrew people needed to look to their past for lessons for the present. As two of the most overlooked books in the Christian canon, 1 & 2 Chronicles are exemplary resources for those who seek to be the people of God today.
1 & 2 Chronicles is the thirtieth volume in The Believers Church Bible Commentary Series. Accessible to lay readers, useful in preaching and pastoral care, helpful for Bible study groups and Sunday school teachers, and academically sound, the commentary foregrounds an Anabaptist reading of Scripture. Relying on a unique format that includes sections on The Text in Biblical Context and The Text in the Life of the Church, the commentary series is a cooperative project of Brethren in Christ Church, Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Brethren Church, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Church USA. Published for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today, the series is based on the conviction that God is still speaking to all who will listen, and that the Holy Spirit makes the Word a living and authoritative guide for all who want to know and do God's will.
<p>“This commentary is well-written, clear, and helpful in discussing the main issues of Chronicles and its theology. As someone who cares deeply about this book, I can legitimately affirm Konkel’s perspective and his handling of the text. This will be a valuable resource in opening up a neglected biblical book.”</p> ~Steven Schweitzer, Reviews
<p>“Konkel brings his extensive research and profound understanding of the book of Chronicles to bear in his insightful and relevant commentary on this often neglected book. He not only illumines the book’s message to its ancient audience but also reveals Chronicles’ important continuing relevance to us in the twentyfirst century.”</p> ~Tremper Longmann, III, Reviews
<p>“Konkel is an engaging and insightful guide for navigating the Chronicler’s unique account of Israelite history and identity. Ever attentive to the sources utilized by the Chronicler, the original target audience, and the theological nuances of the text, Konkel offers the riches of two oft-neglected biblical books to the contemporary church.”</p> ~Dan Epp-Tiessen, Reviews
<p>“Chronicles has many hermeneutical, historical, and literary issues that we should only interpret with utmost care. In this commentary, Konkel has provided a superb orientation to the specifics of the text and the overall shape of the book that will be useful to leaders in the church. He provides enough information to initiate the serious reader without overwhelming the nonacademic.”</p> ~Mark J. Boda, Reviews
<p>“Konkel’s enthusiasm for the writer of the books of Chronicles as theologian and historian makes for a compelling read. Faced with the challenge of writing a commentary on a text that begins with a lengthy genealogy, followed by what has been pejoratively called midrash by critical scholars, Konkel demonstrates that an inspiring interpretation of this inspired text engages all of Scripture in conversation. In Konkel’s hands, Chronicles becomes a central canonicalvoice, a nexus in the biblical metanarrative.”</p> ~Lynn Jost, Reviews