1. There was a positive attitude towards the high place before the monarchy. This place was legitimate in their eyes. It was a space where they could fully worship and not get criticized for what or how they did it. The high place met the religious needs of the people. 2. They were supposed to destroy the high place because Solomon’s temple was built. That meant nothing to them. They still had offerings at the high place and multiplied the high place as if the temple has never been built. 3. One thing unknown about the high place is what it really is. Another thing that is unknown is the physical structure of the high place. 4. It was known to be the great or principal. This was a place where God spoke to Solomon in a dream at Gibeon. In Chronicles, David designed the Ark of the Covenant and the tabernacle and they were known to be at the high place. In result of this, this high place was also more special than others because this is where Solomon sacrificed and sought God there. 5. This passage suggests that is was initially intended for a temporary measure. The Judean kings were suspect because the king didn’t remove or tear down the high place. There is chance that they still used them for sacrificial purposes. In result of them not being able to remove the high place, this shows that the high place should have been discarded because they were later on replaced by the Jerusalem temple. 6. Josiah evacuated them as a disciplinary measure or because the priests did not come from the Levitical stock. 7. This term is used because it serves as a typical designation for whatever is not the central place of worship. During the monarchy, in some instances, it was hard applying the typical term to specify vary cultic installations. It is impossible to label the high place of every cultic group that from the archaeological record.
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