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Good King and Bad King: Traditions about Manasseh in the Bible and Late Second Temple Judaism

W. G. Hulbert
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Emmanuel School of Religion
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Abstract

The differences between the account of Manasseh in 2 Kings and in 2 Chronicles
have led to a number of traditions and interpretations with regard to this
infamous king. Historically, many have held to a 2 Kings view of a wicked
king, while an equal number have held to a 2 Chronicles view of a repentant
king. This article will examine these varied traditions in not only the biblical
literature, but also the writings of the second temple period and rabbinic literature.

 
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