La presunta strage di sacerdoti di 2Re 23,4b-5 alla verifica delle versioni antiche

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The alleged massacre of priests of 2Ki 23,4b-5 to verify the ancient versions

Giancarlo Toloni

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Abstract

The Ancient witnesses for 2 Kgs 23:4b-5 vary. This contribution analyses the MT, LXX, Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, “Vetus Latina,” and Vulgate of these verses, concluding that they offer two basic interpretations, arisen in the course of textual transmission. According to the first tradition, the idolatrous priests are transferred to Jerusalem and appointed assistants of the Temple priests. In a second, later tradition, the priests are killed due to syncretism and reactionary religious intolerance in Israel, during the exilic and postexilic periods, when a tough and bloody reaction was attributed to Josiah with the aim of establishing Yahvism, to the detriment of the other cults of the Temple. This second tradition, so, emphasizes radical monotheism, and more specifically the legitimacy of bloody interventions to protect it.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The alleged massacre of priests of 2Ki 23,4b-5 to verify the ancient versions
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)80-100
Number of pages21
JournalANNALI. ISTITUTO UNIVERSITARIO ORIENTALE NAPOLI
Volume57
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Hebrew Bible, Ancient Versions, idolatrous priests, syncretism, radical monotheism, religious intolerance, bloody interventions

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