Two prophetic stories connected to Bethel.
A prophecy against the Bethel altar which is part of a larger miracle story. Specific mention of Josiah connects this to the fulfillment narrative associated with that king in 2 Kings 23.15–16
. Proof of the validity of long‐range prediction is a short‐range prediction in v. 3
fulfilled in v. 5
. The story cannot have achieved its current form until after the reforms of Josiah, ca. 620 BCE. Like the following story, this narrative emphasizes the importance of divine obedience.
A prophetic story in which a Bethel prophet deceptively tests the authenticity of the man of God and validates his long‐term prediction. The prophet's prediction that the man of God would not be buried in a family tomb
) is fulfilled in vv. 29–30
This incident refers to the healing event and its aftermath narrated above in vv. 6–10
. The story of vv. 11–32
interrupts the flow between vv. 10 and 33
, and may have been inserted by a later editor.
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