Peterson-1 and 2 Kings, Abiathar and Jeremiah


Brian Peterson, in his next-to-last chapter of The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History deals with 1 and 2 Kings.  Here he comes closest to agreeing with other scholars who see the Deuteronomistic History as being finally edited around the time of the Babylonian Conquest.

This is pretty apparent in 1 and 2 Kings.  Here we see most strongly the idea that God finally gave Judah up because they broke the laws of Deuteronomy. Nearly every  king has an evaluation at the end of his life that judges him good, bad , or middling based on whether he stood up for the Deuteronomistic idea of a jealous God who demanded allegiance.  This was the perspective of someone like Jeremiah or his scribe, Baruch.

However in the conclusion chapter Peterson says,

There can be little doubt that portions of the DtrH had a prehistory and purpose far beyond what they now present…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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