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Hezekiah and the Dialogue of Memory
Park, Song-Mi Suzie

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015 pp. xii + 318. $59.00

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Emerging Scholars


Description: Hezekiah is a critical figure in the Hebrew Bible, which credits him with major political, social, and religious reforms in Judah’s history and the weathering of a major crisis in the invasion of the Assyrians under their emperor, Sennacherib. Examining the different accounts of Hezekiah’s reign in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, and Isaiah, Song-Mi Suzie Park describes a “Hezekiah complex” that developed over a long time, in which the figure of Hezekiah served as a symbol for the vicissitudes of Judah’s history. The king could be understood as a positive reformer of the “pagan” ways of the country, or as a sinner, at least partly responsible for the threats and disasters that befell Judah, from Sennacherib’s invasion through the Babylonian exile more than a century later. By showing how the stories about Hezekiah developed over time through a process of response and counterresponse, forming at the end a dialogue of memory, Park elucidates the ways in which biblical stories in general function as loci of continual dialogue, dispute, and discussion.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Literature

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Review by Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan
Published 2/5/2019
Citation: Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, review of Song-Mi Suzie Park, Hezekiah and the Dialogue of Memory, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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