The Sitz im Buch of the story of Hezekiah's illness and cure (II Reg 20,1-11; Isa 38,1-22)

Rimon Kasher

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Abstract

In this paper it is claimed that the parallel story of Hezekiah's illness and cure (II Reg 20,1-11; Isa 38,1-22) had been formed in three stages. The first, is the original story, which can be reconstructed as shown recently by R. F. Person, in his interesting monograph The Kings-Isaiah and Kings-Jeremiah Recensions, BZAW 252, 1997. The second stage, includes two parallel unrelated developments, one in the book of Kings, the other in the book of Isaiah. The book of Kings portrays the prophet Isaiah according to its images of the prophets; the book of Isaiah portrays Isaiah to its conception of prophecy and prophets. Thus it is suggested that each parallel story has to be read according to its own Sitz im Buch. In the third stage there were some harmonized additions, trying to bring nearer the two separate stories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-55
Number of pages15
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Volume113
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2001

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