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King Josiah of Judah: The Lost Messiah of Israel

Marvin A. Sweeney


King Josiah of Judah (ruled 640–609 b.c.e.) is a figure of extraordinary importance for the history of ancient Israel and Judah. According to the biblical narrative, a Torah scroll was discovered during the renovation of the Jerusalem Temple in the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign. This scroll, commonly identified as a form of Deuteronomy, became the basis of an ambitious program of religious reform and national restoration in which Josiah closed down all pagan worship sites throughout the land of Israel, centralized worship at the Jerusalem Temple, and attempted to reunite Israel and Judah a ... More

Keywords: Deuteronomistic History, Deuteronomy, Hebrew Bible, Israel, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Necho, prophetic literature, reform, restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195133240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195133242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marvin A. Sweeney, author
Claremont Graduate School
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