"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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2 Kings 22:1-10, [14-20]; 23:1-3 Commentary
by Vanessa Lovelace
The story of King Josiah is a cautionary tale about what happens when a people stray too far from God’s commandments for too long.
Josiah is introduced to the reader by way of the stereotypical succession formulae for Judean kings, which announces when Josiah ascended the throne (age eight), the length of his reign (640 to 609 BCE), and the identification of the king’s mother: “and the name of his mother is Jedidah” (2 Kings 22:1b), which in Hebrew is “beloved.” The formula also includes the information that he is from the region of Bozkath, a city in the lowland hills of Judah. Only the kings with mothers from provinces of Jerusalem or Judah are evaluated positively, especially Josiah: “He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left” (v. 2).
This brief regnal summary informs the reader to expect great things of Josiah. Surely a son raised by a mother whose name indicates that she was much loved passed that affection on to him. Moreover, he is depicted as greater than even King ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. Read more...
NL198: Josiah's Reform
November 29, 2015
This podcast discusses 2 Kings 22:1-10, [14-20]; 23:1-3, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Nov. 29, 2015.
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