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Josiah: From Improbable Stories to Inventive Historiography

Josiah: From Improbable Stories to Inventive Historiography

by Lowell K. Handy


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This book considers the various ways in which the last major King of Judah has been presented in biblical texts and the subsequent cultures that have made use of the biblical narratives. It is posited that there is no reliable material that can be dated to the time of Josiah and that the literary constructions of Josiah's reign in Kings, Chronicles, and First Esdras already provided the inventive memory of a no longer recoverable monarch's life. Aspects of these narratives are considered as well as the history of Josiah in historiographical renditions of world history and in presenting his story in narrative artistic productions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781798577
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2020
Series: Worlds of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Lowell K. Handy, now retired, taught for 15 years at Loyola University Chicago and was employed at the American Theological Library Association Religion Index Project for 28 years. He has been an active member of the Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and American Schools of Oriental Research. In addition to journal articles and reference entries, Dr. Handy has published several books, including: Among the Host of Heaven: The Syro-Palestinian Pantheon as Bureaucracy; Entertaining Faith: Reading Short Stories in the Bible; Jonah's World: Social Science and the Reading of Prophetic Story; and edited volumes: The Age of Solomon: Scholarship at the Turn of the Millennium; Psalm 29 through Time and Tradition.

Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations Introduction 1. Josiah Was Dead to Begin With 2. The Wise Man? The Busy Scribes 3. Josiah Is Not Jeroboam and Other Kingly Questions 4. A Man of God and Huldah: Prophets in the Tale of Josiah 5. Religion in the Time of Josiah: Reconstruction, Text, and Invention 6. Time for a Change (er, um, a "Reform")? 7. An Invitation to Dinner: Josiah and His Passover 8. The Popular Afterlife of Josiah: The King in World History 9. Art of the Story of the King 10. Creating Memories of Josiah