[b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law

Dora Smith villandra at austin.rr.com
Tue Aug 2 20:53:45 EDT 2005

I suppose it's possible, only no evidence Solomon built the temple!

I find the book that Josiah found and his pogrom too consistent with current
political interests.   I think it was written a little more recently than
Solomon's time.   Though there's no telling if the young king believed it
was ancient!   As I recall, it was brought him by the priests.
Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra at austin.rr.com
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From: "Dave Washburn" <dwashbur at nyx.net>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 10:09 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law

> The recent discussion that included Josiah and the discovery during his
> triggered a memory of something I read a long time ago, and I want to toss
> out for discussion if nobody minds.
> Merrill F. Unger, in his book "Archaeology and the Old Testament" (Grand
> Rapids: Zondervan, 1954) p. 281 says in part that "it was customary in
> ancient times to place documents in the foundations of buildings as is
> even to the present day [1954, at least]."  He suggests that the Book of
> Law that Josiah's priests discovered had been placed in the cornerstone of
> the Temple by Solomon, and that during the extensive repairs to the Temple
> that Josiah directed, the stone masons and carpenters came across this
> deposit and reported it to the priests.  Hence the rediscovery of the Book
> the Law.  Unger also notes that Nabonidus, around the 6th century BC (BCE
> you prefer) liked to dig into foundations of buildings to see what sorts
> documents were cached away therein.
> I'm wondering what folks here think of this idea as an explanation of the
> discovery during Josiah's reign.
> --
> Dave Washburn
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