The Religion of Israel, Vol. 2: To the Fall of the Jewish State (Classic Reprint)
Towards the end of the 8th century before our era, Hezekiah had attempted to effect a complete revolution in the religious practices of his subjects. From the very brief account by the author of 2 Kings - which is enlarged and embellished, but not really supplemented, by the Chronicler - we should scarcely infer that his measures had so wide an aim. Yet we do not go too far when we say 'a complete revolution.' We already know that the 'high places' which Hezekiah abolished had existed for centuries all over the kingdom, and that the use of pillars, asheras and images of Jahveh, according to Isaiah and Micah, was general. It is very improbable, therefore, that the king met with no opposition of any sort and gained his end entirely and at once. The historian, it is true, makes no mention of the obstacles which were put in his way, but this fact could possess value as evidence only if he had shown himself to be accurately informed and had entered into details. Nevertheless the possibility remains, that Hezekiah was powerful enough to deter his subjects from any attempt at resistance, or to nip their opposition in the bud. But no one can well think it likely that he altogether changed the persuasions and ideas of his people during his reign of thirty years.
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