Divrei Hayamim II – Thirty-Five: Reflection

This chapter is all about the tragic story arc of King Josiah. It’s long and detailed and ends with a sad, untimely death. “And the rest of the affairs of Josiah and his kind deeds, as are written in the Law of the Lord. And his early and late affairs – behold they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah (Chronicles II 35:26-27).” These verses conclude the second to last chapter of Tanakh, and seem to evoke a measure of self-awareness, as these are literally the chronicles of the stories of the kings of Israel and Judah. It’s interesting to see this kind of multi-layered allusion in Tanakh, particularly as the journey is nearing an end. It makes me think about everything that was included in these long, at one point seemingly endless chapters, and what was left out. Now that we’re coming to the end I find myself itching for more. I am going to miss having this practice, finding new insights every day, and incorporating the findings into the rest of my life. This study project has become a ritual for me, and this blog has become my own chronicle of that journey. So seeing that reference mirrored back here is a great penultimate reflection for me as I gear up for tomorrow’s grand finale.

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