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Passage: 1 Chronicles 23:1-27:34

1 Chronicles 23:1-27:34 – David Organizes the Temple Personnel

Summary

These chapters are yet another extensive collection of lists that the Chronicler uses to attribute the postexilic organization of the temple to David.

Analysis

In addition to providing Davidic authorization for an administration that only existed in the postexilic period, these lists, which interrupt the last phase of David's preparations for the construction of the temple begun in 1 Chronicles 22:2-8 and concluded in 1 Chronicles 28-29, continue the Chronicler's overarching presentation of David as one devoted to the temple and its worship.