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Title: "Looking back for Jeconiah" : Yahweh's cast-out signet
Author: Critchlow, James R.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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This dissertation examines the life and legacy of Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim, the last living Davidic king during the Babylonian captivity. It investigates the names in the Septuagint, Intertestamental literature, and the New Testament. Extra-biblical inscriptions contribute to the account of this king. The Babylonian Chronicle established that Nebuchadrezzar marched to Palestine in 598 BC, besieged and captured Jerusalem, and exiled Jeconiah (Yaukin) with thousands of captives. The Weidner Tablets stipulate that Nebuchadrezzar provided Jeconiah and five sons with supplies of oil and barley. Judean seals inscribed “to Eliakim servant of Yaukin” point to the king who at the time was in prison in Babylon. The organizing motif of the dissertation is the thirty-two occurrences of the name Jeconiah (and by-forms Coniah and Jehoiachin). For each periscope, the study sets forth 1) a reconstruction of the proposed Hebrew text and translation; 2) observations of linguistic, grammatical and structural details; and 3) exegesis and analysis of the texts read in light of the current literature. The periscopes build composite portraits of this king whose story merits close investigation. This study is an optimistic portrayal of Jeconiah. Despite his ignominious exile as the cast-out signet of Yahweh, he served as a source for intense commentary by later communities. Although Jeconiah was rejected as the last Davidic king, his grandson Zerubbabel rebuilt the temple and restored a semblance of the glory of the past and pointed forward to an expected Davidic Messiah.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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