THE LOSS OF ARMAGEDDON, OR, 621 AND ALL THAT: BIBLICAL FICTION, BIBLICAL HISTORY AND THE REWRITTEN BIBLE

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Abstract

In this brief article the 'what if' focus takes as its stage the disappearance from the biblical narrative of the so-called deuteronomistic movement and, in particular, the loss of Armageddon entailed by an imagined failure of Josiah to be killed at Megiddo. The loss of a substantive associated with representations of the end of the world is acknowledged, but the concomitant loss of the world of authoritarian, moralistic discourses associated with the ideology of deuteronomism would more than compensate for the aesthetic loss of the descriptor Armageddon. It would not be a case of all subsequent history having to be radically altered, but everything would have been different and, in this author's opinion, better (a non-postmodernist attitude). The stimulating writings of Margaret Barker are utilized to this end and some points are made about the conceivable benefits of such a loss of the ideology and rhetoric of deuteronomism. The Rewritten Bible which lacked any sense of '621 and All That' might then be a pleasure to read.

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