Religion in the Time of Josiah: Reconstruction, Text and Invention
Lowell K. Handy [+]
Loyola University Chicago (retired)
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.