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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book The Invasion of Sennacherib in the Book of Kings: A Source-Critical and Rhetorical Study of 2 Kings 18-19. The book offers a fresh source-critical analysis, followed by a rhetorical-critical analysis of the Hezekiah-Sennacherib narrative. It, then examines the ramifications of our rhetorical study for source-critical hypotheses. Building on the insights of the literary analysis, the book provides a close re-reading of 2 Kings 18-19 which offers a new understanding of what events are described in this narrative. The book also assesses the plausibility and historicity of the claims of the narrative and offer final conclusions and suggestions regarding its possible use in historical reconstruction. Finally, it explores the implications of the study for understanding the Hezekiah-Sennacherib narrative as part of the DH (and Deuteronomist (Dtr's) role in its composition), and for the value of traditional source-critical approaches.

Keywords: 2 Kings 18-19; Hezekiah-Sennacherib; historical reconstruction; rhetorical-critical analysis; source-critical analysis



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