One of the beautiful things about the Bible is how it all comes together over so many different years and authors and genres. A key part of understanding the text is understanding the genre that is being read. We should read poetry like it’s poetry, narrative like it’s narrative, letters like they’re letters and history like it’s history.
For further study in this, I would strongly recommend Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart’s How to Read the Bible for All it’s Worth. An absolutely phenomenal study.
Anyways. I’ve been reading Chronicles a bit off and on recently in my reading plan. It’s pretty dry and sometimes hard to get through. A bunch of lists of people and genealogies, and more lists and genealogies, and then some land distributions and what not.
However, there’s a reason I love Chronicles.
It reminds me that the Bible took place in space and time. Real people. Real events. And the historical authors are open to us checking those facts. The historicity of the Bible is a beautiful thing. It’s not just a book of sayings or ways to live, it’s the story of God as Redeemer, God as victor.
And it’s all real.
So, if you’ve ever had trouble reading genealogies or the historical biblical books, maybe this thought will help. Let me know what you think.