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This article examines 2 Chronicles 21 and the description it provides of Jehoram of Judah’s reign, which diverges widely from the parallel in 2 Kings 8. Addressing some of the structural, substantive, and linguistic issues that arise from the text, it suggests that this chapter integrates two perspectives regarding Jehoram, each of which contain different details—that are nonetheless essentially interlinked. The proposal offered herein resolves some of the fundamental questions relating to the text, including the structure of the chapter and the duplications and meaning of the unique phrases it contains. The paper also discusses the Chronicler’s views concerning the family and Israelite kingship and the manner in which the promise to the house of David is presented in the chapter.

In: Vetus Testamentum
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This article is concerned with Hosea’s political counsel in 5:12-15, and explores the content and unique meaning of the lion imagery presented in this unit. The prophet’s words and their theological root are clarified through a discussion of the meaning of the lion imagery in the book of Hosea, as well as through comparison with similar imagery found in the book of Isaiah and extra-biblical sources. This analysis illuminates the unique theological perspective that Hosea wishes to impart to the people: Through the image of a lion, Hosea conveys that God exercises full, absolute control over Israel. He emphasizes, however, that God’s power is not extended over other nations. Hosea’s worldview, as will demonstrate in the article, challenges biblical notions of the God of Israel’s universality, as well as certain extra-biblical notions of the power of other deities and authorities.

In: Vetus Testamentum