Week 15: Solomon, the divided kingdom, Elijah, and Elisha
1 February 2018
- Michael S. Heiser, “Sanctified Dirt,” Bible Study Magazine Blog, last modified 8 September 2014. After Naaman the Syrian was healed, he wished to load two mules with dirt to take back with him. Dr. Heiser explains this odd request.
- Fred E. Woods, “Elisha and the Children: The Question of Accepting Prophetic Succession,” BYU Studies 32, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 47–58. How do we put the difficult story about Elisha and the bears in 2 Kings 2:23–24 into context?
Works by and about Margaret Barker:
- Barker, “What Did King Josiah Reform?”, address given at Brigham Young University, 6 May 2003 (or download MP3 audio).
- Barker, “Joseph Smith and Preexilic Israelite Religion,” BYU Studies 44, no. 4 (2005): 69–82. Barker’s address at the 2005 “Worlds of Joseph Smith” conference held at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Kevin Christensen, “Prophets and Kings in Lehi’s Jerusalem and Margaret Barker’s Temple Theology,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 4 (2013): 177–93. Christensen, a Latter-day Saint scholar, argues for Barker’s interpretation of Josiah.
- William J. Hamblin, “Vindicating Josiah,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 4 (2013): 165–76. Hamblin, an LDS scholar and BYU professor, argues against Barker’s view of Josiah.
In addition to—or sometimes in competition with—Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem, there were other sacrificial sites in Israel and Judah. In 2010, BYU religion professor William J. Hamblin visited Jeroboam’s temple at Dan with his students and a video camera.
#80 Jewish Exiles in Babylonia (2 Kings 24–25)