Hezekiah (715-687 BC): abolishing of shrines at Arad, Beer-sheba, and Lachish at the end of the 8th century;
setting down the early history of Israel (1 Sam 16-1 Kings 2): the History of David’s Rise to Power and the Court or Succession History;
written as an apologia: to vindicate David of any wrongdoing and to explain “what really happened”;
- the late 8th century BC: a deuteronomistic writer or school;
- Served to reconcile southerners and northerners within Judah.