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Fred Clark reviews the story of Josiah, which is often tied up as a self-congratulatory morality tale, but actually doesn't make much sense, and ultimately concludes: "An important part of our task as modern readers, then, is to admit and accept that we are bewildered."

Children’s Bible stories | Fred Clark
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@david

> the ancient world is a different planet.

this is pretty much the canonical thing to remember about any time prior to, say, 1700 CE. And it just gets more alien as you roll back in time.

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