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xi When I published the first volume of this commentary in 2006, I told the story of my lifetime of research on Chronicles, beginning with my doctoral dissertation at Harvard. I also identified the libraries where I had studied in the United States and internationally and the host of scholarly colleagues who have taught me and inspired me about the depth and intricacies of the Chronicler’s work. This volume builds on that prior history. In 2008 I retired from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where I had served since 1983, and retirement has meant that there was much more sustained research time to bring this project to its completion. I began writing 2 Chronicles during my last sabbatical at the library of Philipps Universität in Marburg and finished this draft at the library of Yale Divinity School, where I served as a guest professor in 2009, and especially at the JKM library of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Joseph Regenstein Library of the University of Chicago. One day while I was walking down a hallway at Yale, my attention was drawn to a photograph of Edward Lewis Curtis, the author of the ICC commentary on Chronicles and a professor and dean at Yale, who lost his sight before completing that important work. In addition to occasional teaching at LSTC in my retirement, I have become­ curator of the Franklin Gruber Rare Books Collection at the seminary. This marvelous collection contains fourteen New Testament manuscripts, including the oldest complete minuscule manuscript, more than eighty documents published by Martin Luther during his lifetime, almost all of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English Bibles, and much more. Marilyn, my wife of almost fifty years, has continued her vocations as ­ oncology nurse, master gardener, singer in several choirs, and an energetic volunteer in all sorts of ecclesiastical and secular projects. Without her undying support and encouragement, the Hallelujah’s we sing at the end of this project would not be possible. I dedicate this book to my grandsons, Patrick and Daniel Conway, and Luke, Seth, and Jonah Klein-Collins. Each new measure of their growth, each of their insights into the beauty of life, and each of their enthusiastic affirmations of life in its fullness fill Marilyn and me with joy and thanksgiving. Somehow it seems appropriate to end this project with a genealogical note. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago August, 2012 Preface frontmatter.indd 11 9/21/2012 5:43:53 AM frontmatter.indd 12 9/21/2012 5:43:53 AM ...


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