The Chronicler begins his history in a way similar to a number of ancient Greek histories by trying to show the internal connectedness
of the nation. After tracing the nation's descent from a common stock of ancestors, the historian focuses on the tribe of
Judah and the family line of David, which is of central importance to the destiny of Jerusalem.
of the ancestors. Summarizing much information from Genesis, the Chronicler starts with Adam and takes the sequence down to Jacob (also known
These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom: Located to the southeast of the land of Judah and on the other side of the Jordan valley, Edom was always recognized as having
a close relationship to Judah. Israel also recognized that Edom had adopted a monarchic form of political organization before
Israel had embraced monarchy.
of Edom: In Hebrew the word for “clans” is normally translated as “chiefs.” Prior to the emergence of David and the Judean monarchy,
Edom was an independent kingdom; however, David was able to assert control over Edom and reduce its leaders to “chiefs.”
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