Don’t know if that’s what you were looking for or not?

I did go back and look at how modern biblical historians reconstruct all this, and the idea is pretty much as I described. Consensus is that the Deuteronomy chronicle was collected, collated and written down at the behest of Josiah, long after the events they historicize and with the purpose of consolidating the YHWHist position. One writer says this is likely the product of many hands condensing several lines of oral tradition to a written account.

These writers could not – in all probability – have known that in Ahab’s time Baal was still an Israelite god, as was Asherah. They were part of Josiah’s program to consolidate the Yahweh-only camp and make them the law and the exclusive faith. So Ahab and Jezebel became moral voodoo dolls to be pinned again and again.

I guess this is kind of beneath your question though. There are actually two things going on at the same time. 1) How did Ahab’s story come to be? 2) Within that story, what is Ahab’s moral failing? In the framework of that second question, I think the answer is as I laid it out in my first reply. When you look at Jeraboam’s sin, what Ahab added to it was encouraging foreign beliefs to be practiced on the grounds of Israelite holy places.

Is that what you saw in it?

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