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Bashan, northeast of the Sea of Galilee, was known for its rich pastureland and healthy livestock (5:11–16). The OT sometimes uses the riches of Bashan as a symbol of overindulgence and arrogance. For example, Amos 4:1 refers to the proud, wealthy women of Samaria as “cows of Bashan.”

Why so many genealogies?

Why so many genealogies? The first readers of 1 Chronicles were Israelites living after the Babylo­nian exile. The genealogies showed them that they were still God’s people. For Christians, the genealogies also show how God preserved the line of David’s descendants that eventually led to Jesus the Messiah.