The Historiography of Chronicles as Reflected in Its Account of Solomon's Reign

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Title: The Historiography of Chronicles as Reflected in Its Account of Solomon's Reign
Author: Maleachi, Martus
Advisor: Garrett, Duane A.
Abstract: This dissertation is a study of "intertextuality" between the books of

Chronicles and Kings, focusing on the Solomon narrative. Contrary to the current

scholarly conviction that Chronicles is unreliable historiography, this study defends its

reliability and argues that the differences between Chronicles and Kings are due to the

editorial choices of the respective authors in utilizing their sources. Using literary

analysis, this study investigates the discrepancies between the two Solomonic narratives

and reveals not only the uniqueness of each book but also the historical reliability of their

biblical authors.

Chapter 1 states the purpose of this study, its methodology, and its limitations.

Chapter 2 reviews the history of interpretation of Chronicles and demonstrates that

Chronicles has been treated as "second class" history from the time of the LXX

translators until the present.

Chapter 3 argues that the Chronicler did not fabricate his materials, but used

sources available to him and discusses the possibility of written literature in Israel,

despite the lack of epigraphical evidence available today. The internal evidence from

Chronicles is evaluated by taking into consideration its canonical and non-canonical,

sources focusing on lexical, form critical, textual, and content considerations.

Chapter 4 identifies the different purposes of Chronicles and Kings and focuses

on their descriptions of Solomon. The current debates on interpreting Solomon in Kings,

namely whether or not Solomon was depicted negatively from the beginning of his

episode, are investigated.

Chapter 5 examines the discrepancies between the Solomon narratives.

Applying the reliability of Chronicles, this chapter explains the discrepancies by reading

the Solomon narrative of Kings through the lens of Chronicles. This intertextual

investigation seeks to understand Kings' presentation of Solomon from the perspective of


Chapter 6 is the conclusion of this dissertation. This chapter recapitulates the

results of this study from start to finish.

Date: 2010-12

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