As Isaiah begins to recount his signature vision, he mentions that he receives it the same year as the death of King Uzziah
. We, of course, know nothing of this king, so the information falls away.
The site lay abandoned and then suffered further degradation due to an earthquake sometime in the first three-quarters of the eighth century, perhaps Uzziah
's earthquake of 762 (Amos 1:1; Zech.
The Bible class on Wednesday evening was taken by David McEvoy, The talk was "Uzziah
- a king laid low" presented by Paul Siviter from Heckmondwike.
(24) Also prominent among the biblical exempla invoked by medieval and early modern authors is the proud and wrathful King Uzziah
, who had "transgressed" against God by his attempts to usurp the priestly office of burning incense in the temple.
Isaiah testified, "In the year that King Uzziah
died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple."
during the reign of King Uzziah
. We know that Isaiah received his call after that: "In the year that king Uzziah
died, I saw the Lord seated upon the throne ..." (Isaiah 6:1).
The lives of Pharaoh, Rehoboam, Uzziah
, Haman, Nebuchadnezzar, Belteshazzar, and Herod Agrippa all suffered the results of their arrogance.
The fire of the Lord was to consume the whole community, but for Moses' interventions and withdrawing the people from the "space around the Dwelling," (of Korah, Dathan and Abiram) at which point the ground erupts: "And fire from the Lord came forth which consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense." A skin disease (leprosy being just a general term) is the fate of King Uzziah
for trifling with the incense rites in defiance of the priests and he suffers the proclaimed fate of all those who dabble in "unauthorized coals" and is buried far off, "being cut off from the people."
(767-739 BCE) was a visionary eco-monarch who established irrigation systems that made the Negev fruitful.
and prophesied for about forty years from toward the end of King Uzziah
's reign in 740 B.C.E.
The chapter begins with a notice that this is the vision of Isaiah, son of Amotz, and lists the Judean kings under whom Isaiah prophesied, starting with Uzziah
(at whose death in 742 BCE Isaiah began to prophesy according to Isaiah 6:1), and ending with Hezekiah.