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Josiah
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Josiah, king of Judah (639/638–609 b.c.), was the last significant ruler on the throne of David. The sources tell us more about what he stood for than about himself. During his reign a book of the law (probably identical with the core of Deuteronomy) was found in the temple at Jerusalem, which Josiah pledged himself and his people to keep. Cultic reform meant exclusive worship of Yahweh (Deut. 6:4–25; Monolatry) and centralization of worship (chap. 12) in Jerusalem. (Authentic material strongly shaped by Deuteronomistic redaction appears in 2 Kings 22–23; a wholly tendentious parall…

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Spieckermann, Hermann, “Josiah”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J227>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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