The Reform of King Josiah and the Composition of the Deuteronomistic History

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Overview

The Reform of King Josiah and the Composition of the Deuteronomistic History defends the thesis that 1 and 2 Kings arose in three redactional phases. The first author described the history of Judah and Israel from Solomon to Hezekiah (1 Kgs 3-2 Kgs 20). A second redactor, inspired by Deuteronomy, completed the history up to King Josiah and altered the work of his predecessor. The work of these two redactors was limited to Kings. A third redactor, also inspired by Deuteronomy, completed the history up to the exile. Unlike the preceding authors he reworked the whole of the deuteronomistic history.
The first part of this study subjects the regnal formulae to a critical analysis. The second part studies 2 Kgs 23:1-30 as a text case in detecting the redactional structure of Kings.

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Marvin A. Sweeney
Its purpose is to examine the composition of the report of King Josiah's reform in 2 Kgs 23:1-27 and to reconstruct the compositional history of the Deuteronomistic historical work....There is much to be gained from following the details of Eynikel's discussion....[He] should be given credit for publishing in a language that is not his mother tongue.
Society of Biblical Literature
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Meet the Author

Erik Eynikel, Ph.D. (1989), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, is Professor of Old Testament at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen. He has published studies on the Deuteronomistic History and on the Septuagint.
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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 A Concise Historical Overview of the Exegesis of 2 Kgs 22-23 and the Development of Theories Around the Dtr History 7
Ch. 2 The Regnal Formulae 2 Kings 22:1-2; 23:20-30 33
Ch. 3 Form Criticism 137
Ch. 4 Vocabulary Study 161
Ch. 5 Literary Criticism 313
Ch. 6 Redaction Criticism 327
Bibliography 365
Index of Proper Names 389
Selective Index of Biblical References 395
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