"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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2 Kings 22:1--23:1-3 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the LORD. . . (2 Kings 22:3)
As preachers of the narrative lectionary are fully aware, even most active congregational members will not be able to contextualize the story of Josiah's Reformation with the broader Old Testament story. This might even be true for some preachers. So, here is a little catching up in terms for the history of Israel and Judah and some significant events that took between "last week's story" of Isaiah and this week's story of Josiah1:
736 BCE -- Isaiah is called as a prophet in the southern kingdom of Judah, in the city of Jerusalem
722 BCE -- Samaria, capital of the northern kingdom, falls to Assyria; the northern kingdom ceases to exist, its people go into exile and disappear as an identity group (thus is born the myth of the lost tribes of Israel)
715 BCE -- The pious, reforming King Hezekiah begins to reign in Jerusalem.
701 BCE -- Assyria besieges Jerusalem, but the city is not conquered. The prophet Isaiah was active until this time, but apparently died soon after ...
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Narrative Lectionary 012: Josiah
November 27, 2011
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Josiah: 2 Kings 22:1-23:3.