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Bibil Identifier bibil:254339
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The motif of Uzziah’s צרעת‎ in the Deuteronomistic History, Chronicles, and beyond
Author Cranz, Isabelle
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 44, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2019
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2019
Year (Copyright) 2019
Year (Reference) 2019
Language English
Pages 233-249 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article explores how the motif of Uzziah’s צרעת‎ in 2 Kgs. 15:1-7 has inspired the Chronicler, Josephus, and rabbinic commentators. In the Book of Kings, Uzziah’s disorder is used to explain an abnormal political arrangement in which the crown prince served as co-regent. The Chronicler, by contrast, takes Uzziah’s disorder as an opportunity to expound on the king’s sacrilegious behavior. The Chronistic tradition is further developed by Josephus and the rabbis who reinterpret Uzziah’s צרעת‎ as sign of an abnormal emotional life. Consequently, each source displays its own understanding of צרעת‎ and its implications concerning the king’s conduct and character. These differences in the depiction of Uzziah’s disease point to dissimilar frameworks of interpretation which are motivated by different attitudes toward the temple and the Davidic Dynasty.
DOI 10.1177/0309089218755558
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Chronicles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Deuteronomist
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Josephus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Divided Monarchy (933-587) : 8th century : Judah : Azariah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Disease
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Disease
Pericopes 2 Kings 15,1-15,7
2 Chronicles 26,16-26,21
Terms צָרַעַת צרעת
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