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date: 29 July 2021

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This essay discusses synthetic and literary readings of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah, with particular attention to the literary relationship between the two books, analysis of each book’s narrative unity and redactional processes, and their use of sources. A series of related topics that have received considerable scholarly attention—for example, mixed marriage, foreigners, Samari(t)ans, and identity formation—illustrate the differences between Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah and how interpretation is aided by nuanced methodological approaches to complex issues. The essay concludes with discussion of how analysis of these books using utopian literary theory might create new interpretative possibilities for continued research, especially from a literary perspective.

Keywords: Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, literary readings, sources, redaction, mixed marriage/intermarriage, foreigners, Samaritans/Samarians, identity/identity formation, utopia/utopian theory

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