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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 ...


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Argument for a Literal Reading [All Scripture quotations from the NASB.] Josiah followed after his ancestor David in following after YHWH (2 Kg 22:2), when at the age of 16, eight years into his young reign, "he began to seek the God of his father David" (2 Chr 34:3a). Just as David, Josiah "did not turn aside to the right or to the left" (2 Chr 34:2; cf. ...



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