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King Josiah of JudahThe Lost Messiah of Israel$
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Marvin A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195133240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195133242.001.0001

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Conclusion to Part I

Conclusion to Part I

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(p.170) 10 Conclusion to Part I
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King Josiah of Judah
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Marvin A. Sweeney (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195133242.003.0011

This chapter summarizes the results of the study of the Deuteronomistic History in Part I. Analysis of the Deuteronomistic History indicates at least three levels of composition: an eighth century b.c.e. Hezekian edition of the work that was designed to portray righteous Davidic rule over the rebellious northern tribes; a seventh century b.c.e. Josianic edition of the work that was designed to support Josiah's reform by portraying him as the ideal monarch of the entire Davidic line; and a sixth‐century Exilic edition of the work that was designed to explain the Babylonian exile.

Keywords:   Deuteronomistic History, Exilic edition, Hezekian edition, Josiah's reform, Josianic edition

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