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Prophets and Kings in Lehi’s Jerusalem and Margaret Barker’s Temple Theology
TitleProphets and Kings in Lehi’s Jerusalem and Margaret Barker’s Temple Theology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsChristensen, Kevin
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume4
Pagination177-193
KeywordsJosiah; Prophet; Reform; Theology
Abstract

King Josiah’s reign has come under increasing focus for its importance to the formation of the Hebrew Bible, and for its proximity to the ministry of important prophets such as Jeremiah and Lehi. Whereas the canonical accounts and conventional scholarship have seen Josiah portrayed as the ideal king, Margaret Barker argues Josiah’s reform was hostile to the temple. This essay offers a counterpoint to Professor Hamblin’s “Vindicating Josiah” essay, offering arguments that the Book of Mormon and Barker’s views and sources support one another.

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