The Book of Chronicles
1 & 2 Chronicles cover the same material as 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings, but they were written much later, and for a different purpose.
They are interested not so much in the facts of the stories, but in the ideas behind them.
So they start with a survey of history from Adam and the creation of the world, and then move to a detailed study of King David.
However, they seem to leave out anything critical of the kings, and they differ in many factual points from Samuel and Kings – for example, they describe King David building the Temple, rather than Solomon.
But factual accuracy is not the writer’s aim. He is trying instead to make the Bible’s message relevant to his own era.
He is writing at a time when Israel’s independence is gone and it is under the domination of a foreign power, when the glory of David and King Solomon seem lost forever. The writer of Chronicles wants to give his readers hope. The Lord will save them yet, since God chose them and will not waver from his choice.
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