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Isaiah and the book of chronicles

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Chapter Summary

Before answering the question in what way the Chronicler presents Isaiah and his book, one need a broad outline of the context in which this prophet is presented in the Book of Kings. Therefore, this chapter first presents a general overview of 2 Kings 18-20. After that, it is compared with the characteristics of 2 Chronicles 29-32. By far the biggest part of 2 Kings 18-20 is devoted to the story dealing with the siege of Jerusalem by the Assyrian army (2 Kgs 18:9-19:37), followed by the narrative relating to King Hezekiah's illness (2 Kgs 20:1-11) and the report dealing with the arrival of the Babylonian delegation (2 Kgs 20:12-19). Little attention is paid to Hezekiah's efforts with respect to the reform of the cult (2 Kgs 18:3-7).

Keywords: 2 Chronicles 29-32; 2 Kings 18-20; Assyrian army; Babylonian delegation; Book of Chronicles; Book of Kings; Isaiah; Jerusalem; King Hezekiah's illness



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