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The Image of Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles

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ABSTRACT

This paper investigates the image of Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 28: 27 - 32: 33. The author makes a comparative study of the texts with 2 Kings 18: 1 - 20: 21. And he examines how Chronicler's theological tendencies were reflected into the history of Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles and what image of Hezekiah Chronicler shows. Chronicler, similarly other parts of his history, describes the history of Hezekiah from the theological viewpoints that he emphasizes pan- Israelite, retribution, the cult of the Temple, raise Levites’ position, orthodoxy of Judah and the likes. He also analogizes Hezekiah to David and Solomon. As a result, though Chronicler uses 2 Kings as the source of his history of Hezekiah, he makes a very different image of Hezekiah from that of Deuteronomist. Chronicler shows us an idealized image of Hezekiah which removed his negative aspects described in 2 Kings. In 2 Chronicles Hezekiah is a model in worshipping Yahweh, a king of the whole Israel, and a great ruler like David and Solomon. Chronicler, through this image of Hezekiah which he shows, gives his readers eschatological hope: If they would respect Yahweh, rely on Him and serve Him best as they could, they should be saved from sufferings and the new Israel could be established.

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