The King and the Cemeteries

Toward a New Understanding of Josiah's Reform


This book presents new examinations of the reports of Josiah’s reform in 2 Kgs. 23:4-20 + 24 and 2 Chron. 34:3-7 and related biblical passages (especially 1 Kgs.12:33-13:32), concentrating on the likely compositional history of this material and its usefulness as a source for reconstructing the likely history of Josiah’s reign.
Chapter 1 introduces the inquiry, reviewing the state of the question and methodological caveats. Chapters 2-6 are devoted to issues of composition and redaction, Chapters 7-10 to issues of historical context and circumstance. Both literary and archaeological materials are considered. These studies contribute fresh analyses and new propositions to the scholarly discussion of this seminal moment in the history of biblical Israel.
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Biographical Note

Boyd Barrick, Ph.D. (1977) University of Chicago is a former Dean and current sometime Instructor at Montana State University-Billings. He is co-editor of In the Shelter of Elyon: Essays on Ancient Palestinian Life and Literature in Honour of G.W. Ahlström (JSOTSup, 1984), a contributor to TWAT and ABD, and author of numerous papers on literary and historical topics.

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' …in addition to the important contribution this book makes to Josianica , it happens to be an enjoyable as well as informative read.'
Nicolae Roddy, Journal of Biblical Literature, 2002.


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