The Book
of 2 Chronicles

summaries and outlines

Solomon_Anointing

Book Summary

The book continues on from 1 Chronicles but with a new point of view. This book is more concerned with the ways of proper worship than with political matters. The writer concentrates on Solomon's building of the temple but leaves out the details rise to the throne and his later fall from faith. And in dealing with the Kings that follow Solomon, the book concentrates on the kings that were more faithful and were more dedicated to bringing the people back to God.

Source: NIV Learner's Bible, Copyright © 2003 by American Bible Society

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Title

The Hebrew title (dibre hayyamim) of Chronicles can be translated “the events [or annals] of the days [or years].” The same phrase occurs in references to sources used by the author or compiler of Kings (translated “chronicles.
The Septuagint translators (who translated the Old Testament into Greek) called the book “the things omitted,” indicating that they regarded it as a supplement to Samuel and Kings.

[Source: Zondervan KJV Commentary, Copyright © 2010 by Zondervan.]

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Author and Date of Writing

According to ancient Jewish tradition, Ezra wrote Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah (see to Ezra, Introduction: “Author and Date”), but this cannot be established with certainty.



The book is believed to be written in the 5th Century BC (450 and 425 B.C.), possibly in Ezra's lifetime.

[Source: Zondervan KJV Commentary, Copyright © 2010 by Zondervan.]

2 Chronicles Outline

I. The Reign of Solomon (chaps. 1-9)

  1. The Gift of Wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:1-17)
  2. Building the Temple (2:1-5:1)
    1. Preparing to Build the Temple, (2 Chronicles 2:1-18)
    2. Solomon Builds the Temple, (2 Chronicles 3:1-17)
    3. The Temple’s Furnishings, (2 Chronicles 4:1-22, 2 Chronicles 5:1)
  3. Dedication of the Temple (5:2-7:22)
    1. The Ark Brought to the Temple, (2 Chronicles 5:2-14)
    2. Solomon Blesses the People, (2 Chronicles 6:1-11)
    3. Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication, (2 Chronicles 6:12-42)
    4. Fire from Heaven, (2 Chronicles 7:1-3)
    5. The Dedication of the Temple, (2 Chronicles 7:4-10)
    6. If My People Pray, 2 Chronicles (7:11-22)
  4. Solomon’s Other Activities (2 Chronicles 8:1-18)
  5. Solomon’s Wisdom, Splendor, and Death (chap. 9)
    1. The Queen of Sheba, (2 Chronicles 9:1-12)
    2. Solomon’s Wealth, (2 Chronicles 9:13-28)
    3. Solomon’s Death, (2 Chronicles 9:29-31)

II. The Schism, and the History of the Kings of Judah (chaps. 10-36)

  1. Rehoboam (chaps. 10-12)
    1. The Revolt Against Rehoboam, (2 Chronicles 10:1-19)
    2. Rehoboam Secures His Kingdom, (2 Chronicles 11:1-12)
    3. Priests and Levites Come to Jerusalem, (2 Chronicles 11:13-17)
    4. Rehoboam’s Family, (2 Chronicles 11:18-23)
    5. Egypt Plunders Jerusalem, (2 Chronicles 12:1-16)
  2. Abijah Reigns in Judah (2 Chronicles 13:1-22)
  3. Asa (14:2-16:14)
    1. Asa Reigns in Judah, (2 Chronicles 14:2-15)
    2. Asa’s Religious Reforms, (2 Chronicles 15:1-19)
    3. Asa’s Last Years, (2 Chronicles 16:1-14)
  4. Jehoshaphat (17:1-21:3)
    1. Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah, (2 Chronicles 17:1-19)
    2. Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab, (2 Chronicles 18:1-27)
    3. The Defeat and Death of Ahab, (2 Chronicles 18:28-34)
    4. Jehoshaphat’s Reforms, (2 Chronicles 19:1-11)
    5. Jehoshaphat’s Prayer, (2 Chronicles 20:1-23)
    6. The Lord Delivers Judah, (2 Chronicles 20:24-34)
    7. The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign (2 Chronicles 20:35-37)
  5. Jehoram and Ahaziah (21:4-22:9)
    1. Jehoram Reigns in Judah, (2 Chronicles 21:1-20)
    2. Ahaziah Reigns in Judah, (2 Chronicles 22:1-9)
  6. Joash (22:10-24:27)
    1. Athaliah Reigns in Judah, (2 Chronicles 22:10-12)
    2. Joash Made King, (2 Chronicles 23:1-11)
    3. Athaliah Executed, (2 Chronicles 23:12-15)
    4. Jehoiada’s Reforms, (2 Chronicles 23:16-21)
    5. Joash Repairs the Temple, (2 Chronicles 24:1-19)
    6. Joash’s Treachery, (2 Chronicles 24:20-22)
    7. Joash Assassinated, (2 Chronicles 24:23-27)
  7. Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25)
  8. Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26)
  9. Jotham (2 Chronicles 27)
  10. Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28)
  11. Hezekiah (chaps. 29-32)
    1. Hezekiah Reigns in Judah, (2 Chronicles 29:1-2)
    2. Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple, (2 Chronicles 29:3-19)
    3. Hezekiah Restores Temple Worship, (2 Chronicles 29:20-36)
    4. Passover Celebrated, (2 Chronicles 30:1-27)
    5. Hezekiah Organizes the Priests, (2 Chronicles 31:1-21)
    6. Sennacherib Invades Judah, (2 Chronicles 32:1-8)
    7. Sennacherib Blasphemes, (2 Chronicles 32:9-19)
    8. The Lord Delivers Jerusalem, (2 Chronicles 32:20-23)
    9. Hezekiah’s Pride and Achievements, (2 Chronicles 32:24-33)
  12. Manasseh (2 Chronicles 33:1-20)
  13. Amon (2 Chronicles 33:21-25)
  14. Josiah (34:1-35:27)
    1. Josiah Reigns in Judah, (2 Chronicles 34:1-7)
    2. The Book of the Law Found, (2 Chronicles 34:8-21)
    3. Huldah Prophesies Disaster, (2 Chronicles 34:22-33)
    4. Josiah Keeps the Passover, (2 Chronicles 35:1-19)
    5. Josiah Killed in Battle, (2 Chronicles 35:20-27)
  15. Josiah’s Successors (2 Chronicles 36:1-14)
  16. Exile and Restoration (2 Chronicles 36:15-23)
Adapted from: Zondervan KJV Commentary, Copyright © 2010 by Zondervan.

References and Sources:

The Anointing of Solomon by Cornelis de Vos (c. 1630), Painting  

By Cornelis de Vos – Kunsthistorisches Museum, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5133307