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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Summary of the Book of First Chronicles

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
  1. Introduction
    1. The books of first and second Chronicles were written by mostly unknown authors and complied sometime after the Babylonian exile
    2. The information in these books is parallel to some of the history given in the books of 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings
    3. Much of the information is given from a religious rather than a civil perspective
  2. From Creation to the Establishment of the Monarchy
    1. Tables of Genealogy (1:1 to 29:30)
      1. Genealogies of the Patriarchs Ė Adam to Noah (1:1-4)
      2. Noah's Descendants (1:5-23)
        1. Sons of Japheth (1:5-7)
        2. Sons of Ham (1:8-16)
        3. Sons of Shem (1:17-23)
      3. From Shem to Abraham (1:24-27)
      4. Descendents of Abraham (1:28-42)
        1. Children of Ishmael (1:29-31)
        2. Children of Keturah (1:32-33)
        3. Children of Isaac (1:34)
        4. Sons of Esau (1:35-42)
        5. Kings of Edom (1:43-54)
      5. The Tribes of Israel (2:1 to 9:44)
        1. Tribe of Judah (2:3-17, 21-41 & 4:1-23)
          1. Descendants of Caleb
          2. Three accounts (2:18-20; 2:42-49; 2:50-55)
          3. Family of David (3:1-24)
        2. Tribe of Levi (6:1-81)
          1. Children of Aaron (6:1-15 & 6:49-53)
          2. Children of Gershom, Kohath, and Merari (6:16-30)
          3. Songmasters Heman, Asaph, and Ethan (6:31-48)
          4. Levite cities (6:54-81)
        3. Tribe of Reuben (5:1-10)
        4. Tribe of Gad (5:11-17)
        5. Tribe of Manasseh -- East of Jordan (5:23-24)
        6. Tribe of Simeon (4:24-43)
        7. Tribe of Issachar (7-.1-5)
        8. Tribe of Naphtali (7:13)
        9. Tribe of Manasseth - West of Jordan (7:14-19)
        10. Tribe of Ephraim (7:20-29)
        11. Tribe of Asher (7:30-40)
        12. Tribe of Benjamin (7:6-12 & 8:1-28)
          1. General genealogy (7:6-12 & 8:1-28)
          2. Family of Saul (14:49-51; 8:29-40; 9:35-44)
      6. Supplemental information (5:18 to 9:34)
        1. Wars East of Jordan (5:18-22)
        2. Dwellers in Jerusalem (9:2-34)
    2. Reign of Saul (10:1-14)
      1. Saul and his sons killed in a battle with the Philistines (10:1-7)
      2. Philistines desecrate Saul and triumph over him (10:8-10)
      3. Men of Jabesh-Gilead honor Saul (10:11-12)
      4. Sins of Saul (10:13-14)
    3. Reign of David (11:1 to 29:30)
      1. David king over Judah only (11:1-3)
      2. David king over all Israel (11:4 to12:40)
        1. Jerusalem captured (11:4-9)
        2. List of David's mighty men (11:10-47)
        3. David's supporters at Ziklag (12:1-40)
      3. The ark in the house of Obed-edom (13:1-14)
      4. Building David's house (14:1-2)
      5. David's family (14:3-7)
      6. Philistines defeated (14:8-17)
      7. To the end of David's reign (15:1 to 29:30)
        1. The ark in Jerusalem (15:1-29)
        2. Davidís festival sacrifice (16:1-43)
          1. Bring in the ark (16:1-3)
          2. Chorus to sing thanksgiving (16:4-6)
          3. Davidís Psalm of thanksgiving (16:7-36)
          4. Appointment of ministers, porters, priests, and musicians (16:37-42)
          5. People return to their homes after the festival (16:43)
        3. David not allowed to build the temple (17:1-27)
          1. Nathan approves Davidís building a house for God (17:1-3)
          2. God tells Nathan to forbid David to build a temple (17:3-10)
          3. Godís promises to David (17:11-15)
          4. Davidís prayer (17:16-27)
        4. Wars with Philistia, Moab, Syria, and Ammon (18:1 to 20:8)
          1. David defeats the Philistines and the Moabites (18:1-2)
          2. David defeats Hadarezen and Syria (18:3-8)
          3. Tou king of Hamath sends gifts to David (18:9-10)
          4. David dedicated the gifts to the Lord (18:11)
          5. Abishai killed 18,000 Edomites (18:12)
          6. David put garrisons in Edom (18:13)
          7. David established on the throne of Israel (18:14-17)
          8. Davidís army defeats Ammon and Syria (19:1-19)
          9. David defeats Ammon again wars with Philistine (20:1-8)
        5. An unlawful census (21:1-30)
          1. David tempted by Satan (21:1-3)
          2. Joab required to make a census (21:4-8)
          3. Gad gives David a choice (21:9-13)
          4. Seventy thousand Israelites die in a pestilence (21:14-17)
          5. David sacrifices at the threshing-floor of Ornan (21:18-30)
        6. Priestly orders, singers, and porters (22:1 to 27:34)
          1. David selects temple site (22:1-5)
          2. David gives instruction to Solomon (22:6-16)
          3. David instructs the princes to assist Solomon (22:17-19)
          4. Solomon made king (23:1)
          5. Number and distribution of the Levites (23:2-32)
          6. Twenty-four courses set up for priestly duties (24:1-31)
          7. Officers and singers (25:1-31)
          8. Divisions of the porters (26:1-32)
        7. David's last charge and prayer (27:1 to 29:30)
          1. Twelve captains appointed (27:1-15)
          2. Twelve princes appointed (27:16-22)
          3. No census to be taken (27:23-24)
          4. Davidís officers (27:25-34)
          5. David claims Godís appointment and favor (28:1-10)
          6. Davidís charge to Solomon (28:11-21)
          7. Davidís gifts for the building of the temple (29:1-5)
          8. Princes and the people make offering (29:6-9)
          9. Davidís thanksgiving (29:10-19)
          10. Solomon made king (29:20-25)
          11. Davidís reign and death (29:26-30)

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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