What is the Difference Between Samuel/Kings and Chronicles?

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  1. Bret Patton says:

    How many valain’t men did joab number? I’m getting different numbers in chronicles and samuel

  2. Andre Baerga says:

    Ultimately this is nothing but an opinion piece and conjecture presented as though it is based on some insider knowledge. It is a guess which anyone can make. But beside that it is unhelpful in terms of building up while at the same time actually implying that the books being examined are not true words of God and were subject to the alteration and whims of men; which may or may not be crucial depending on how one looks at inspiration and the purposes of God.

    • I don’t think it is conjecture. It is true that most of the northern material is left out of Chronicles and that stories like David’s adultery is left out. Read Chronicles for yourself. And I do affirm inspiration. A Christian understanding of inspiration includes God’s use of individual personalities and circumstances.

  3. Bret Patton says:

    I researched the word valiant and after prayer and thinking I automatically deducted that okay, it’s possible that 300 thousand men were not courageous, but drew the sword and were afraid, fearful, cowardly, meek, timid, or weak.

    Then I couldn’t pinpoint the difference between the 470 thousand and the 500 thousand, so I kept re-reading the chapters. Then what I noticed was that in Chronicles it actually states the numbers of the 470k didn’t include Levi and Benjamin

    Based on that I figured, the math probably didn’t include the tribes of Benjamin or Levi then so all the men that were a part of them. I couldn’t find any clear numbers on this.

  4. Ruth Panamaroff says:

    The Hebrew Bible does not have Chronicles. Chronicles is a Christian’s agenda! The writer of this article, Stephen J. Bedard must be Chritians.

  5. Jonathan says:

    I recently started reading through 1 & 2 Samuel. Last week I picked up “A Synoptic Harmony of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles with Related Passages from Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezra” just so I could get a glimpse of the bigger picture. Each perspective contributes to the whole. My understanding is that apparent “discrepancies” are mainly numerical and that is reconciled if you take into account the different method of time keeping between Judah and Israel. They counted years from different starting points.

  6. John M says:

    I read somewhere (and am trying to verify) the difference (in years) between the total amount of years the Kings reigned in those two Old testament books? I vaguely recall that there was a cumulative difference of 54 (?) years (if you add all the years one book says the Kings reigned opposed to the other? Can anyone help me out?

  7. Prescott Jay Erwin says:

    This is a very thoughtful and helpful article, Bro. Stephen. I’d like to suggest for your consideration an alternative understanding of the endings of the Hebrew Testament and the Old Testament — one that I teach in my OT Studies courses. You observe, “both end with a word of hope,” and that’s true, but rather than one being hope for the present and the other for the future, BOTH endings point to a hope for future, both are the hope of restoration. Chronicles ends with hope of return to Jerusalem/the Land and the restoration of the kingdom (which we see reflected in the disciples misunderstanding in the NT: “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”). Chronicles isn’t the hope of what CYRUS is doing in the present, it’s actually a call for Jews to return to Jerusalem with the hope of the LORD is in process of doing: the restoration of Israel. Since CYRUS is acting in submission to the LORD, the Jews can be assured of returning to City of Peace (shalom) in peace with the blessing of both Lord and the King: “Whoever is among you of all His people, may the Lord his God be with him. Let him go up.” Meanwhile, Malachi’s ending is a call to repentance in hope of the coming of Messiah (the “Sun of Righteousness” Who has “healing in His wings” v2) and the restoration of righteousness.

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