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39 Even when the Chronicler speaks of sacrifice outside Jerusalem, the accounts downplays its significance and frequency vis-á-vis sacrifice in the temple. When Solomon goes to Gibeon to sacrifice, for instance, the account in Kings reminds 36. The Chronicler praises Joash/Jehoash’s restoration of the temple (2 Chr 24:4–14) yet also relates the king’s subsequent falling away and the nation’s serving of “the asherim and the idols” (2 Chr 24:18). In the Chronicler’s account of Amaziah, no sacrifice at the high places is recorded (although his defeat in battle against Jehoash of Israel is attributed to God as punishment for worshiping the gods of Seir “and making offerings to them [r+q‫ י‬Mhlw]” [2 Chr 25:14, 20]).

40. Japhet notes that the Targum plays down the sacrificial nature of the Gibeon high place. Instead of translating “hmb” as )y+mb or )ytmb (which is the usual translation) in passages about Gibeon, the term is translated to designate a house of assembly or synagogue: Nw(bgbd )#dqmb (1 Chr 21:29), Nw(bgbd )tmr (2 Chr 1:3, 13), and Nw(bgbd )t#nk tybb (1 Chr 16:19; Japhet, Ideology, 219, n. 77). 38 CENTRALITY PRACTICED and the incense altars” (2 Chr 14:3–4). He also put away the idols in Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim, repaired the altar of YHWH (2 Chr 15:8), and gathered Judah and Benjamin (as well as those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing as aliens) to Jerusalem where “they sacrificed .

Solomon offered (hl(y) a thousand burnt offerings on that altar” (1 Kgs 3:4). The account in Chronicles includes only one verb of sacrifice: “he offered (l(yw) a thousand burnt offerings . 40 Extra-Jerusalem sacrifice is also included in the account of Ahaz, although here again the report differs from that found in Kings. ” The Chronicler adds a notice that Ahaz encouraged offerings outside Jerusalem: “In every city of Judah he made high places to make offerings (r+ql) to other gods” (2 Chr 28:25). Yet, according to Kings, Ahaz built an altar according to the design of the altar at Damascus and placed this before the temple, and offered “his burnt offering and his grain offering and poured his drink offering, and dashed the blood of his offerings of well-being against the altar” (2 Kgs 16:10–14).

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