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Bibil Identifier bibil:121949
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Found But Not Lost: A Skeptical Note on the Document Discovered in the Temple Under Josiah
Author Henige, David
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 7, Issue: 1)
Undefined link Found But Not Lost: A Skeptical Note on the Document Discovered in the Temple Under Josiah
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 17 pages.
Abstract In this paper I look at the famous story of the finding of the “book of the law” in the temple during the reign of Josiah. Adopting a pragmatic/plausible approach and keeping in mind the biblical testimony about earlier circumstances in Judah, I argue that the story as we have it lacks inherent plausibility and should be rejected as an etiological invention, whether or not of the time. None of the various scenarios that could explain its disappearance can also serve to explain why it remained hidden for so long, only to be discovered at just the right moment to provide a willing Josiah with the justification to begin a cultic reform program.
Pericopes 2 Kings 22-23
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