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Chronicles

Two books in the Old Testament. They give a short history of events from the Creation to the proclamation of Cyrus allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem.

First Chronicles

Chapters 1–9 list genealogies from Adam to Saul. Chapter 10 chronicles the death of Saul. Chapters 11–22 trace the events associated with the reign of David. Chapters 23–27 explain that Solomon was made king and the Levites were set in order. Chapter 28 explains that David commanded Solomon to build a temple. Chapter 29 records David’s death.

Second Chronicles

Chapters 1–9 trace the events associated with the reign of Solomon. Chapters 10–12 tell of the reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam, during which the united kingdom of Israel was divided into the northern and southern kingdoms. Chapters 13–36 describe the reigns of various kings until the capture of the kingdom of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar. The book ends with Cyrus’s decree that the captive children of Judah could return to Jerusalem.