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Josiah's Reform and Jeremiah's Scroll: Historical Calamity and Prophetic Response
Leuchter, Mark

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006 pp. x + 206. $85.00

Series Information
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 6



Description: This exciting new study of the prophet Jeremiah attributes to him a pivotal significance in the historical period of Josiah's reign. He was, so Leuchter argues, one of the central agents of Josiah's propaganda machine and was intimately involved with the king's political agenda. Jeremiah, himself originally a member of the scribal school that composed the Deuteronomistic literature, encouraged the Shilonites of Anathoth to become active in Josiah's programme in the North following the waning of Assyrian power. Dismayed by the Shilonites' rejection of him and Josiah, and by the king's death at Megiddo, Jeremiah came to a radically new understanding of the divine purpose, encapsulated in the famous Temple sermon of Jeremiah 7 and evidenced in the prophet's debates with the political establishment in Jerusalem in the years that followed. In his thoroughgoing historical reconstruction, Leuchter outlines a very specific sequence of events that took their rise from the Shilonite rejection of Deuteronomic policy, and on that basis carefully demarcates the texts that would have been included in Jeremiah's first scroll (the Urrolle). Leuchter's monograph will make an important contribution to the study of the history and the literature of the late seventh century BCE.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Kings, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism


Review by K. L. Noll
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Published 9/9/2006
Citation: K. L. Noll, review of Mark Leuchter, Josiah's Reform and Jeremiah's Scroll: Historical Calamity and Prophetic Response, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2006).


Review by Marvin A. Sweeney
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Published 8/11/2007
Citation: Marvin A. Sweeney, review of Mark Leuchter, Josiah's Reform and Jeremiah's Scroll: Historical Calamity and Prophetic Response, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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