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IOSOT 2022

Past, Present and Future: The Redaction History of 2 Kings 17

Shuichi Hasegawa (Tokyo)


2 Kings 17 is a treasure box for biblical theologians. Describing the fall of the kingdom of Israel and its causes, the chapter presents theological reflections derived from the monarchical, the exilic, and the Second Temple periods. By looking back to their past and searching for a better future, authors and editors eventually updated the given text in order to cope with their present issues. The updates reflect among others the theological principle of God’s justice in history, possible faults of his people during the time of the monarchy, and finally the conflict with the (Proto-)Samaritans. This paper, in light of other biblical texts and the changes in socio-historical backgrounds, tries to entangle the complicated history of the present text.