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This conclusory chapter gives an overview of the present book. The first three chapters is focused, therefore, on a single aspect of the differences between Judah and Israel: religious lifestyle; attitudes toward the forefather and toward the mode of communication with God; and key points of their respective doctrines. The fourth chapter examines the biblical texts showing how the drive toward recasting the biblical historiography as the history of a single nation was a product of King Hezekiah's national reunification endeavor, and directly related to his religious reforms. In the final part of this chapter reviews the historical background information, and look briefly at the periods following Hezekiah's reign, to establish how well his reforms fared in the long term, and to postulate the conditions that ultimately enabled them to be adopted as the foundation of not just a common history, but of a coherent monotheistic theology.

Keywords: biblical historiography; Israel; Judah; King Hezekiah; monotheistic theology



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