The Chronicles rehearse the official history of the people and the overall situation in the era of the kings (chapters 1–9), and then summarize the events described in the books of Kings, omitting some events that show royalty in a bad light. They seem therefore to be an official version of the events of 1 and 2 Kings.
This book is titled "1 Paralipomenon" in the Greek Bible. It opens with lists of names and mentions the return from Exile in Babylon. Chronicles also summarizes the history in 1 and 2 Kings but certain incidents that show David and Solomon in a bad light are omitted. It seems possible therefore that its purpose was to inspire those restoring the temple and the nation of Judah to emulate the best of the days of David and Solomon.
According to Nehemiah 8:17, the full Law was not followed throughout the period covered by this book.
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