Blessed New Year to everyone.
I am about to embark on my annual winter vacation. So expect no more posts before late January.
The main book I am taking with me is The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History: Locating a Tradition in Ancient Israel by Brian Neil Peterson.
Peterson is assistant professor of Old Testament at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
From the blurbs and introduction, his book appears to deal with the development of the tradition behind the book of Deuteronomy and the books, Joshua-2 Kings, most of which someone connected with the Josiah reforms seems to have written as an idealized narrative about Israel’s past.
Apparently the town of Anathoth; where one of David’s priests, Abiathar, went to live after Solomon deposed him, plays a key role. Centuries later, Anathoth is the hometown of Jeremiah and his family.
I have suspected this connection. But it surprises me that there is enough there to write a big book about it.
So I will report on it and evaluate it when I get back.