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184-87). 26 Finally, Japhet concedes that several wars recounted in the book cannot be understood as punishment (pp. 193-94). She infers instead that these are examples of divinely sent tests of faith. Japhet has without doubt presented the most comprehensive treatment of this topic. Nevertheless, her discussion cannot be said to be the last word on the subject, because it raises some critical questions about the writer's theological outlook and purpose. It must be asked first whether Chronicles does express so comprehensive a system of thought as Japhet maintains.

As a preliminary step to my own discussion, this chapter reviews and criticizes significant ways in which the Chronicler's thought has been understood in the course of research. 2. Retribution in Chronicles: Critical Interpretations The theme of reward and punishment in Chronicles has received some degree of treatment right from the beginning of modern biblical criticism, given the role of Chronicles in that pioneering work. 4 Graf (1866) and Vatke (1873) interpreted the 3. Koch argued in an influential essay (1955), mainly on the basis of texts from Prov.

2 Chron. 12-13). 2. Retribution: Survey and Critique 41 topic and makes an interesting connection between the Chronicler's outlook and the views on warning (rtfconn, mrrm) and premeditation developed in the rabbinical period (pp. 184-87). 26 Finally, Japhet concedes that several wars recounted in the book cannot be understood as punishment (pp. 193-94). She infers instead that these are examples of divinely sent tests of faith. Japhet has without doubt presented the most comprehensive treatment of this topic.

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