The Regnal Evaluation of Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18–20

Marvin A. Sweeney

in King Josiah of Judah

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195133240
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834693 | DOI:
The Regnal Evaluation of Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18–20

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Scholarly discussion of the regnal account of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18–20 points to Josianic interests in the presentation of Hezekiah as a righteous monarch. A number of scholars also argue for a Hezekian edition of the DtrH, insofar as Hezekiah appears to bring an end to the use of “high places” for illegitimate worship in Israel. An examination of these chapters indicates support for the contention of an early Hezekian edition of the DtrH, but shows that the narratives have been reworked for use in both the Josianic and Exilic editions of the DtrH to present the righteous Hezekiah as a partially flawed character, who anticipates Josiah and ultimately the Babylonian exile.

Keywords: 2 Kings; Babylonian exile; Hezekiah; Hezekian edition; high places

Chapter.  6994 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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