The second book of Chronicles describes times of rapid change; not only the political turmoil of the collapse of the northern kingdom and later exile of the south, but also the introduction of money in place of bartering.[2 p.78 ]
2 Chronicles starts with Solomon opening the glorious new stone temple at Jerusalem, and goes on to describe Solomon's glory and the visit of the Queen of Sheba. But after Solomon's death the glory was soon lost amidst civil war, pagan worship, and subjection to foreign powers. By the end of the book the Babylonians had burned Jerusalem, and taken away the principal people and the valuables from the Temple; but then Cyrus the Persian took charge of Babylon and allowed some people to return and rebuild.
It is interesting that the Exile took the people right back (geographically) to where Abram had been before his call, and also to where they had been religiously without the covenants and Ark.
This book is titled "2 Paralipomenon" in the Greek Bible.
According to Nehemiah 8:17, the full Law was not followed throughout the period covered by this book.
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