THE CHRONICLER'S PORTRAIT OF TEMPLE ADMINISTRATION Terry Ann Smith New Brunswick Theological Seminary firstname.lastname@example.org A review of The Temple Administration and the Levites in Chronicles. By Yeong Seon Kim. CBQMS 51. Pp. viii + 227. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2014. Paper, $16.00. Chronicles, as a particular depiction of the reigns of the kings of Judah, most notably David and Solomon, consists of lengthy genealogies and theological convictions that seemingly reiterate the history of Israel found in the books of Samuel and Kings. Yet, unlike Samuel and Kings, we find in the Chronicler's account an emphasis on the temple and the establishment of worship. The Chronicler's knowledge and use of biblical material provide an excellent, albeit biased, resource for understanding the structure, roles, and workings of these prominent political and religious institutions and the groups that operate within them. Yeong Seon Kim's The Temple Administration and the Levites in Chronicles examines the intricacies of Chronicles and suggests that the authorial intent of Chronicles is to persuade the writer's contemporary audience that the Levites, as a group embedded in Israel's cultic traditions, are the rightful heirs to the temple's administrative posts and positions. For Kim, the
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