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In the books of 1 and 2 Kings, there are quite a few places where the author refers to "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah" or "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel".

"Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he made war and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 1 Kings 14:19 NASB

Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 1 Kings 14:29 NASB

Immediately following the books of 1 and 2 Kings are two books referred to as 1 and 2 Chronicles. Are these the books to which 1 and 2 Kings refer or are they referring to other books that are not in the Bible and/or maybe lost to us?

  • This wiki page says that it is lost. I'm also confused about this. Good question. – Mawia May 15 '13 at 12:54
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The following books are referenced in the King James Version of the bible but are not found in that text.(source)

(Though you can of course look up each scripture to verify for yourself as a link has been provided for each.)

The Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah is believed to be a record kept by the kings of Israel but it is not considered to be the books we know as 1 and 2 Chronicles.


Interestingly enough, this is pretty conclusive that our bible today isn't quite what it used to be, and that there are prophets (like Nathan and Shemaiah) that recorded the word of God, but that word has since been lost to us.

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