Item description for Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 15, 2 Chronicles (dillard), 349pp by Raymond B. Dillard & Thomas Nelson Publishers...
Overview Dillard's commentary on 2 Chronicles is a superb treatment of the book. His analysis of the theological message of the book in the background of its composition in the post-exile period is extremely helpful. Dillard also does a great service by exploring connections to the New Testament. Raymond Dillard is professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Westinster Theological Seminary and has the Ph.D. from Dropsie College.
The early Christian scholar Jerome wrote, "The book of Chronicles is of such importance that without it anyone who claims to have a knowledge of the Scriptures makes himself a fool." Dr. Raymond Dillard holds similarly high regard for this portion of the Bible, but equal recognition that understanding its full import depends upon a thorough knowledge of the whole Scripture. "There are few issues in the history of exegesis," he says, "that are not in some way touched by Chronicles, so that along with their richness they involve the interpreter in a labyrinth of related questions."
Among the issues and events examined in this thoroughgoing study are: The literary structure of 2 Chronicles The Chronicler's interaction with canonical texts from the Pentateuch, the Psalms, the prophets, Joshua, Samuel, and particularly with Kings The Chronicler as both historian and theologian, including perspectives on kings both faithful and unfaithful, reform-minded and decadent The building of Solomon's temple The revolt of Rehoboam The banishment of Israel to Babylon Reward and punishment in Chronicles: the theology of immediate retribution The Chronicler's concern with the themes of exile, restoration, and renewal.
Dr. Dillard throughout demonstrates his commitment to the Bible as the word of God. Affirming a view of Scripture that follows the pattern of the Incarnation-that the Bible is both divine and human-he shows the Chronicler, like the other biblical writers, as having been guided by a divine hand, and, like them, in their humanity, having shaped their material through their own personalities and varying theological purposes: "Chronicles is through and through a theological essay; the Chronicler describes the put to demonstrate the validity of particular premises that addressed the needs of Israel in his own day. Chronicles is not only a writing of history; it is a tract."
Dr. Dillard's lucid writing and careful study, solidly based on his familiarity with ancient languages and historical backgrounds and his use of a wide range of scholarly research materials, make his volume on 2 Chronicles an invaluable resource for preacher, teacher, and serious student.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1988
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Word Biblical Commentary
Series Number 15
ISBN 0849902142 ISBN13 9780849902147
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More About Raymond B. Dillard & Thomas Nelson Publishers
RAYMOND B. DILLARD is Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has written widely in Old Testament studies and served as editor, translator, and consultant for the New International Version, Old Testament. Dr. Dillard has the B.D. degree from Westminster and the Ph.D. from Dropsie University, and has done postgraduate studies at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Tel Aviv.
Reviews - What do customers think about Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 15, 2 Chronicles (dillard), 349pp?
He has made 2Chr come alive! May 10, 2008
"This commentary makes 2 Chronicles come alive" - an apt comment of Tremper Longman III (Old Testament Commentary Survey, third edition). Indeed an outstanding commentary! I would all commentaries of the WBC series on the Old Testament were like this one - "a showcase of the best in evangelical critical scholarship" (dustjacket). Dillard has done a fine job on theology, Hebrew and historical backgrounds and he has traced out many connections with the New Testament. Nevertheless, there is a single drawback - it is too brief!
Responsible, Insightful, Thorough Jan 20, 2005
The late Ray Dillard contributed an outstanding volume to the Word Biblical Commentary series. In keeping with the format of the series the commentary features a new translation by the author with textual notes; a section detailing form, structure and setting; commentary by verse; and a final explanation section which seeks to bring together all of the above for each passage. Some consider this format confusing and cumbersome; in my opinion the break down isn't terribly distracting if used well by the author.
The present volume has considerable strengths. Dillard has not looked away from the difficult historical issues raised by the text. He demonstrates an impressive familiarity with the relevant history and archeology of the Ancient Near East, the textual history of present text(s) and its interaction with the Deuteronomistic history of the Book of Kings. Difficult passages are consistently dealt with in a remarkably responsible and well balanced manner that respects the integrity of the text while admirably refusing to press unreasonable harmonizations. Dillard's linguistic skills are equally impressive. And while he has incorporated the insights of literary analysis, one gets the sense that perhaps slightly more could have been done in this area.
While Dillard's linguistic and historical skills make this commentary highly useful, it is his grasp of the overarching theological themes of Chronicles that gives the commentary it's enduring value. Dillard has clearly thought deeply about the Chronicler and his work. His appreciation of the book's theology gives the commentary an appealing coherence and leaves one with the sense of having grasped the meaning of the whole. Furthermore, Dillard thoughtfully places Chronicles within the broader context of the Christian canon finally finding the hopes of the post-exilic community fulfilled in the kingdom of God inaugurated by Christ.
Dillard's prose is well crafted. The bibliographies are helpful even if now slightly dated. The excursuses on the theology of immediate retribution and the Chronicler's presentations of Solomon, Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah are valuable treatments of those subjects. And finally, while the commentary predates the recent controversies regarding minimalist and maximalist approaches to the historical reliability of the Hebrew Bible, Dillard models an instructive reading of the text that respects both the historical and literary/theological dimensions of the text.