Divrei Hayamim I – Nine: Genealogy

“And all Israel traced their genealogy, and behold they are written in the book of the kings of Israel; but the Judeans were exiled to Babylon because of their treachery (Chronicles I 9:1).” I guess genealogy is as good of a reason as any for the days of lists upon lists of names that we’ve been reading. While I’ve made no secret that the lists have been dry and boring for me, I am a huge geek when it comes to genealogy, so I’ll give credit where it’s due. Ever since I was a little girl I loved sitting with my grandparents and hearing stories of the past. Names of people long-dead, who I never had the chance to meet and am only tangentially connected to are burned into my memory because they featured in fantastical stories from another time. However, as much as I personally love genealogy, one thing I haven’t been as good at as I would have hoped is writing it all down. Whereas whoever composed Chronicles wrote down every name, however non-essential, I’ve had it as an ever-present item towards the bottom of my to do list for literally years to create a record of the memories that my grandparents shared. Maybe this is the year when I should do just that – my next project, perhaps?

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