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Deuteronomy and the Judaean Diaspora
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Deuteronomy and the Judaean Diaspora

Ernest Nicholson

Abstract

This book challenges the view, widely agreed since the nineteenth century, that Deuteronomy, at least in an original, shorter form, was the ‘book of the law’ which 2 Kings 22–3 describes as the basis of King Josiah’s cultic reformation in 621 BCE. Of special significance for this view has been the notice in this narrative that Josiah abolished the local neighbourhood altars throughout his kingdom and centralized the national cult in Jerusalem, where, it is also commonly agreed, the priests of these rural shrines were relocated. A re-examination of this notice reveals, however, that it rests up ... More

Keywords: reformation, torah, scripture, exile, covenant, kingdom, Deuteronomy, King Josiah, Diaspora, Judaea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198702733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702733.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernest Nicholson, author
Emeritus Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford