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The narrative on Uzziah’s leprosy (2 Chronicles 26)

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The narrative on Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26) is a very interesting text, since it contains material unparalleled in the Deuteronomistic History. The positive section on Uzziah must be considered the Chronicler's own explanation for the exceptionally long reign of this king, viz. fifty-two years. The negative section on Uzziah (vv. 16-21) is dovetailed with the positive section (vv. 5-15) by the root חזק: ?But when he grew powerful his pride became great'. If the Chronicler's narrative on Uzziah's leprosy is to be considered an inner-biblical midrash on the Nadab and Abihu episode, then it should at least be mentioned that echoes of the Jeroboam narrative (1 Kgs 12:32-13,5) and perhaps some other Old Testament passages, e.g. Numbers 12, as well, may be percieved in the Chronicler's account. There is, however, too little evidence of the Chronicler's purposely referring to or varying on these specific texts from his ?Hebrew Bible'.

Keywords: 2 Chronicles 26; Abihu; deuteronomistic history; Hebrew Bible; Jeroboam narrative; Nadab; Old Testament passages; Uzziah's leprosy



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