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The production of heritage in old Israel demonstrates how the historian can begin to piece jointly the historical past of historic Israel utilizing the Hebrew Bible as a resource.

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The Chronicler has elaborated on that text, and offered a list of functions that the Temple served. This list, however, was not based on his source, Kings, but is a collection of various Tabernacle functions from P texts, especially from Numbers 28–9. 47 His error here was probably a naive one, based on his belief that the entire Torah functioned as torah, “teaching,” already in the time of Solomon. ” This was coined by Elias Bickerman, who says: The Chronicler, like Hecataeus of Miletus or Herodotus, gives such information concerning the past as appears to him most probable, 25 CHRONICLES AS A MODEL FOR BIBLICAL HISTORY and corrects the sources in conformity with his own historical standards….

V. ” The Chronicler omits the section that mentions marching six paces; this probably described an unfamiliar ritual that made little sense, so he left it out. 90 The Chronicler compensates for what he omits by noting that there was divine help in carrying the ark. The Chronicler here is concerned with practical issues that a logical reader might raise,91 and realized that the ark as described in Exodus was quite heavy. For him, this is probably the reason that David had earlier arranged (1 Chronicles 13) to have it carried by cart.

42 This creates a wonderful image of a caldron consumed with flames, somehow fulfilling the laws of both Exodus and Deuteronomy. Finally, there are many cases where the Chronicler changed texts because they differed from the political, theological or cultic norms of his period. For example, he believed that David and Solomon, who founded a longlasting dynasty, were heroic figures. 43 Additionally, he did not understand religion in historical terms, as a developing system of beliefs. 44 It was thus natural for him to retroject his contemporaneous religious practices and political beliefs.

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