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A royal privilege: Dining in the presence of the Great King (2 Kings 25.27–30)

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It is noteworthy that the fate of King Jehoiachin is the point of central focus in the story of King Hezekiah's serious errors of judgement which forms the subject of Isaiah 39. This chapter is the link chapter between the two major parts of the Isaiah book, fulfilling a similar function in that work as do the last four verses of 2 Kings between the Former and the Latter Prophets. Since these two parts of the second division of the Hebrew biblical canon were originally joined together as one single work, there is a special literary significance in the story of Jehoiachin's final days. In the light of these literary and ideological factors, it is evident that the story of Jehoiachin's release from his Babylonian imprisonment has an important literary and ideological function to fulfil.

Keywords: Babylonian imprisonment; Isaiah; king Jehoiachin



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