This volume presents an illuminating examination of the emergence of Deuteronomic theology in pre-exilic Judah. Judean Deuteronomism grew as a response to the social unrest of the Assyrian period, channeling popular discontent away from the Davidic monarchy and towards foreign imperialism. The author brings together different strands of current scholarship, studying the economy of monarchial Judah and Israel, and examining the commanding social role of the Davidic monarchy. Lowery also discusses Ahaz and the economic and religious impact of Assyrian imperialism, and concludes with a discussion of the Manasseh narrative in Kings as a systematic rejection of the pre-Deuteronomic First Temple status quo. In addition to other topics, this volume includes chapters on Rehoboam, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Athaliah, Joash, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, and Josiah.
Richard H. Lowery is Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible. He has also served as president of the Southwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature.