0 1 Chronicles Introduction

Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for lifting up his spear against three hundred, he slew them. 11:20

Trivia: Who among David's men had faces like lions and could run as fast as deer on the mountains?

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." 5:18-22
  • "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 Philistines." 14:16
  • 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

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