and how he reigned;
over the people of Israel, whether wisely, and justly, and in clemency, or not:
behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of
the kings of
not in that canonical book of Scripture, so called, for in that there is very little account of the reign of Jeroboam; but in the annals and diaries of the kings of Israel, written by persons appointed for that purpose, and out of which it is generally thought that inspired writers, by divine direction, took what was thought proper to be transmitted to future times. So with the Romans, from their very beginning to the times of Mutius, all the events of every year were committed to writing by the order of the Pontifex Maximus, and lay open to be read by the people in common; and these, as Tully F12 says, were what are called annals.
F12 De Oratore, l. 2. c. 34.