2 Chronicles 35-36



Chapter 35

This chapter is remarkable only for its listing of the sheer thousands of innocent animals slaughtered for Passover. And didn’t we just do this a couple of chapters back? These numbers have to be a huge exaggeration; otherwise sheep would be extinct by now.

And in verse 24 there’s a discrepancy about where Josiah died – here it says Jerusalem, but back in 2 Kings 23:29 it said Megiddo. Megiddo is in the Jezreel Valley, at least 50 km north of Jerusalem (oops). Interesting factoid – the Greek name for Megiddo is Armageddon. Its ruins are now a national park and world heritage site.

Chapter 36

It says here that Jehoachin was only 8 when he took the throne, and he was evil (v 9). Poor kid! What could he have done at 8 that would make Yahweh hate him so much? But wait! 2 Kings 24:8 says that he was 18 when he became king – big difference. I guess he could have done lots of evil deeds by then…

This chapter rehashes the bitter end; the fall of Jerusalem to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the looting of the temple, the burning of the palace, and the exile of the survivors. It’s a confusing chapter. The KJV refers to the looters as Chaldees, rather than Babylonians. Apparently Chaldea was a small Semitic nation which came to rule the Babylonian area around this time. Verse 21 speaks of prophesy of Jeremiah, but we haven’t run across Jeremiah at all yet. The SAB points out that there is no such prophesy in the book of Jeremiah, anyway, and that perhaps this verse should refer instead to Ezra or Isaiah. Jeeesh!

ken ham Then, in one last fit of idiocy, this chapter (and book) ends with an error. Verses 22-23 are identical to the first 2 verses of the book of Ezra (coming up next), except that the last sentence is incomplete. It should read “and let him go up to Jerusalem” (KJV). The editors of the newer translations have (sort of) attempted to ‘fix’ this so that the ending of 2 Chronicles will makes some sense. I wonder how Ken Ham would defend this chapter.

Well we made it to the end of Chronicles. Check out this handy table of all the kings of Israel and Judah that we’ve covered. Enjoy!

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