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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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(p.185) 11 Zephaniah
King Josiah of Judah

Marvin A. Sweeney (Contributor Webpage)

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Although many scholars maintain that the book of Zephaniah shows evidence of considerable editing during the postexilic period, a form‐critical analysis of the structure of the book indicates that it was written to support Josiah's reform. Zephaniah is formulated as a prophetic exhortation to seek YHWH. It employs the threat of punishment to motivate its audience to reject pagan worship, and it points to the downfall of Judah's primary enemies to emphasize that YHWH was already beginning to act. Zephaniah's portrayal of Jerusalem's restoration points to Josiah's efforts to reunite Israel and Judah around the Jerusalem Temple.

Keywords:   form‐critical analysis, Jerusalem Temple, Jerusalem's restoration, prophetic exhortation, redaction‐critical analysis, YHWH, Zephaniah

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