First Chronicles for Skeptics
The first nine chapters of First Chronicles are
good examples of the "endless genealogies" that Paul tells us to avoid
(see 1 Timothy 1:4 and Titus 3:9).
Wearisome as these chapters are, the rest of the book isn't much better.
Consequently, First Chronicles is probably the most boring book in the Bible --
maybe the most boring book in all of literature.
First Chronicles covers the same material that is covered elsewhere in the Bible,
adding a lot of contradictions while making it even more boring.
Highlights (such as they are):
- "Er ... was evil in the sight of the LORD; and he slew him." 2:3
- The sons of Reuben made war with the Hagarites and "there fell down many slain, because the war was from God."
- "Saul ... inquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him." 10:13-14
- God kills Uzza for trying to keep the ark from falling. 13:9-10
- "David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the
- David tortures all the inhabitants of several cities with saws, harrows of iron, and axes. 20:3
- God kills a couple hundred thousand people because David had a census. 21:1-14
(See 2 Sam.24:1-15 for a different version of this story.)
- God repents. (It's about time!) 21:15