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Note that when it comes to literal versus figurative use of language, it does not matter what the language is. In other words, there is nothing inherent in the Hebrew language versus the English language that helps determine if a word, phrase, or clause should be taken literally or figuratively. Rather, context of a statement, in any language, is primarily ...


King David certainly has a greater role in Jewish tradition, and is more revered in modern Judaism. However, it was King Josiah who introduced religious reforms now known as the Deuteronomistic reforms, including monotheism and the requirement that sacrifices could only be made in the temple in Jerusalem. The Book of Kings (which centuries later was divided ...


There are several nuances and allusions in this text with reference to Joshua and Elijah. One able commentator who has provided an excellent summary of these comparisons was Jesse Long in his commentary of 1 & 2 Kings. Reference: Long, Jesse C. (2002). 1 & 2 Kings. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub., 296-297.

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