Israel in the Book of Kings: The past as a Project of Social Identity

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Yet Linville is skeptical of attempts to pinpoint the circles responsible for producing Kings, rejecting the catchall term "Deuteronomists," and readily admitting that "reconstructing from Kings a precise map of the society and times which produced it is fraught with difficulty" (p. 106). [...]the appearance of Judah as an entity distinct from Israel signals a setback to the ideal. Nor does Linville's reading of the covenant renewal and Passover celebration in 2 Kings 23 as "part of the progression towards exile" (p. 251) leave one with a satisfactory understanding of Josiah's activism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-118
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Biblical Literature
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


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