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Trust and Obey: The Reigns of Hezekiah and Josiah

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Prophecy in Judah and the development of the Isaiah stories in particular may have been influenced by Northern prophetic traditions. This chapter discusses the point that the Isaiah stories come from entirely different sources than the prophetic stories earlier in Kings. Isaiah plays an important role, but Hezekiah clearly stands in the center. The chapter surveys some of the conclusions generally held by scholars regarding the literary development of the Hezekiah account. Since the publication of Theodor Oestreicher's Das deuteronomische Grundgesetz in 1923 scholars have described Dtr's account of Josiah as the combination of two reports. The first, called the Auffindungsbericht or the like is generally found in 2 Kgs 22:3-23:3 with some scholars including 23:21-23 and/or vv 24-25. The second, the Reformbericht, is located in 23:4-15 with vv 19-20 sometimes included. The chapter discusses this material in different units.

Keywords: Auffindungsbericht; Hezekiah account; Isaiah stories; Josiah; Judah; Northern prophetic traditions; Reformbericht; Theodor Oestreicher's Das deuteronomische Grundgesetz



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