Why is the genealogy for Naphtali so short? The Chronicler was writing more than a thousand years after the beginning of Israel’s tribes. During that time, all the tribes had gone into exile. This made it difficult to find genealogies for all the tribes.
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.”
Do the books of Chronicles have a main theme? The central theme of 1–2 Chronicles is how God’s covenant with David provided an enduring hope for Israel, even in its darkest hours.
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.
Why begin with Adam? By beginning with Adam, the Chronicler shows that God planned to make Israel his chosen people, out of all the nations of the world, since the very beginning of human history.