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Some Historical Aspects of Josiah's Reform (Iv): The Man and the Monument

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History does know of a Judahite prophet, who disclaimed to be called such, who visited Bethel and there made oracular pronouncement against its sanctuary and priesthood in the reign of a king named 'jeroboam'. The similarities between what is known about Amos of Tekoa from the book bearing his name and what is reported about the anonymous Judahite man-of-god in 1 Kings 13 are striking. The Amos tradition knows of an earthquake which seriously damaged the Bethel sanctuary. Amos 9: Ia, which undoubtedly derives directly from Amos himself, envisions Yahweh "standing upon the altar" directing the "shattering" and "shaking" of structural components of the sanctuary (cf. 7: 13b) in what seems certainly to be earthquake imagery. The vitality of the Amos tradition may be further demonstrated by Zech. If 2 Kgs. 23:18b is to be believed, the tomb of the man-of-God also contained the remains of a prophet.

Keywords: Amos tradition; Bethel; Josiah; Judahite prophet; man-of-God



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