Synoptic Traditions in the Old Testament

CHTH G105-C05, OT 6ZY6

Fall 2018
Wed 2:00 PM-3:50 PM

A study of ‘Synoptic’ (parallel) texts in the Old Testament through a special focus on the book of Chronicles, which largely parallels Samuel–Kings, as well as drawing on other biblical texts. Areas to be studied include: a survey of the Chronicler’s history with a focus on its distinctive themes; significant individual passages in Chronicles; the Chronicler’s portrayal of David and the Davidic kings; the history of Chronicles scholarship; comparisons with the Deuteronomistic History and other biblical parallels; and the Chronicler’s purpose and method. In addition to the focus on Chronicles, other synoptic texts in the Old Testament will be the focus of seminar discussions and papers.


  • To have a thorough knowledge of the contents and message of Chronicles.
  • To gain familiarity with the state of the field of research on Chronicles.
  • To gain an awareness of the presence of various synoptic texts in the Old Testament.


  • To embrace the contemporary relevance of Chronicles for the Church today.
  • To grow closer to God through closer study of the Old Testament.


  • To be able to discuss the relation of Samuel–Kings to Chronicles.
  • To be able to interpret Chronicles in its historical context.
  • To be able to apply the message of Chronicles to contemporary audiences.