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Cutheans or children of Jacob? The issue of samaritan origins in 2 Kings 17

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The long discussion of Israel's exile in 2 Kings 17 features a series of Deuteronomistic reflections on the causes of the northern kingdom's defeat. The historiographical choice of limiting coverage to the experience of Israelites and Judahites in the land makes the exception to the rule in 2 Kings 17 all the more intriguing. In 2 Kgs 17.24-34a, the writers depict a complete demographic transformation of the area once occupied by the northern kingdom. The massive dislocation of the Israelites (2 Kgs 17.6) is followed by the introduction of other peoples into the land. The text of 2 Kgs 17.34b-40 disputes whether the people do indeed worship Yhwh.

Keywords: 2 Kings 17; Deuteronomistic reflections; Israelites; northern kingdom



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