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6), but in fact they were found in the land, all throughout it. According to Chronicles there had been a setback in northern Israel during, or prior to, the time of Hezekiah, but it certainly had been no final exile or destruction of "Israel". On the contrary, Israel continued to live its life in the land, "from Beer-sheba to Dan". I will return to this issue from another perspective, but it may be already said by way of summary, that the Chronicler had combined the two different stages of destruction and exile of northern Israel into one event.

But we also have some indications of actual practice in other sources. It is often the incidental details without any ideological motivation mentioned in passing in the sources which are the best indicators of the reality of daily life. We have several such sporadic references which confirm the continuity of the temple observances over many centuries. I mention a few examples here: 1. Festival of the Wood Offering. Nothing is said about this in the Pentateuch. However, Nehemiah mentions bringing the wood for the altar at a particular time (10:35).

J. 44-85, orig. 86-104, orig. Syria 25 (1946-48). -D. Gauger, Beiträge zur jüdischen Apologetik: Untersuchungen zur Authentizität von Urkunden bei Flavius Josephus und im. I. Makkabäerbuch (BBB, 49), Köln & Bonn 1977, who is very skeptical of some of the alleged decrees in Josephus, nevertheless seems to accept the basic authenticity of this document, though he apparently allows that some reworking has taken place (cf. pp. 19, 23-4, 61-3, 136-8). 69 It has often been argued that this is a description of ceremonies on the Day of Atonement, but this interpretation is opposed by F.

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