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In 1 Chronicles, why did the writer spend nine chapters covering the genealogy of the Jews?

            While this part of the Bible doesn’t make for interesting reading, it does help to solidify that these things happened and these were real people in earth’s history.  The specifics of these nine chapters show the research and record keeping care involved in compiling the Bible together.  These family lines were specifically for the priests and the kings.  The priests came from the line of Levi and the kings from the line of Judah.  It’s an important theme because Jesus will be both our high priest and our king.

            These chapters set up the point of 1 and 2 Chronicles—to highlight the story of David and then the collapse of Jerusalem.  To do so, the writer of 1 and 2 Chronicles felt it necessary to see how it fit into the entire history of the world beginning with Adam.