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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.208) 13 Jeremiah
King Josiah of Judah

Marvin A. Sweeney (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Although the superscription of Jeremiah maintains that the prophet began his career in the thirteenth year of Josiah's reign, the book contains little indication of Jeremiah's activity during this period. Nevertheless, various clues have led scholars to speculate that some of Jeremiah's Josian oracles may have been reworked in relation to later concerns. Redaction‐critical study of Jeremiah 2–6 and 30–31 indicate that these blocks of oracles originally called for the return of northern Israel to Judean, Davidic rule in keeping with Josiah's reform. The unexpected death of Josiah and the emergence of Babylonian power over Judah, however, prompted Jeremiah to reconsider his views and to rework his earlier oracles to address the Babylonian exile.

Keywords:   Babylonian exile, death of Josiah, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 2–6, Jeremiah 30–31, redaction‐critical study, return of Northern Israel

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