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Reading and re-reading Josiah: the chronicler’s representation of Josiah for the post-exilic community

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Hebrew Bible, Josiah

Abstract (summary)

In historical-, source-, and redaction-critical studies of the Hebrew Bible, Josiah king of Judah often occupies a pivotal place. Any student or scholar of biblical studies will know something of the enormous body of literature that exists on Josiah, as the key figure in theories of the historical development of the Israelite religion and the sources and development of the biblical text. These studies, in large part, have their roots in work on the Deuteronomistic History and, more specifically, in the account of Josiah’s reign in 2 Kgs 22–23. This account, particularly the reports of the finding of the book of the law (2 Kgs 22:8–9) and the extensive reforms (2 Kgs 23:1–25) that this find inaugurates, has captured the imagination of many scholars, who have since expanded their studies to look for Josiah in the prophetic writings and in other books of the Hebrew Bible.

Publication Information

Ristau, K. A. (2009). Reading and re-reading Josiah: The chronicler’s representation of Josiah for the post-exilic community. In G. N. Knoppers, & K. A. Ristau (Eds.), Community identity in Judean historiography: Biblical and comparative perspectives (pp. 219-247). Eisenbrauns.



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Book Chapter



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