Religion in the Time of Josiah: Reconstruction, Text and Invention

Josiah - From Improbable Stories to Inventive Historiography - Lowell K. Handy

Lowell K. Handy [+-]
Loyola University Chicago (retired)
Lowell K. Handy received his M.A. from the University of Iowa School of Religion and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Before retirement he taught for 15 years at Loyola University Chicago and was employed at the American Theological Library Association Religion Index Project for 28 years. He has been an active member of the Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and American Schools of Oriental Research. In addition to journal articles and reference entries, Dr. Handy has published several books, including: Among the Host of Heaven: The Syro-Palestinian Pantheon as Bureaucracy; Entertaining Faith: Reading Short Stories in the Bible; Jonah's World: Social Science and the Reading of Prophetic Story; and edited volumes: The Age of Solomon: Scholarship at the Turn of the Millennium; Psalm 29 through Time and Tradition.


This chapter surveys what the religious world of Josiah was in archaeological terms and in biblical terms. Judah and “Israel” both were heavily laden with standard deities of the region. It is worth noting that the biblical narratives assume this to be the case early in Josiah's reign without connecting Josiah to that culture.

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Handy, Lowell. Religion in the Time of Josiah: Reconstruction, Text and Invention. Josiah - From Improbable Stories to Inventive Historiography. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2020. ISBN 9781781798584. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37478. Feb 2020

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