Is the Book of Chronicles the Last Book in the Hebrew Bible?


Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

The book of Chronicles, that book most Christians do not read because of the genealogies in chapters 1–9, has a different place in the Christian Bible and in the Hebrew Bible.

In the Christian Bible, the book of Chronicles is listed among the historical books: 1–2 Samuel, 1–2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. The Christian order of the historical books follows the order found in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament. The Christian Bible follows the Alexandrian Canon which contains 39 books plus the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha is mostly used in the Catholic and Orthodox churches; it contains 39 books plus 15 additional books or additions to biblical books.

The historical books of the Old Testament begin with Israel’s settlement in the land of Canaan (Joshua) and then deals with the life and the struggles of the Israelites after the death of Joshua (Judges), the…

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