I really like Josiah. I think he’s probably one of my favorite kings, most likely because his story is really fanciful to me. I can’t help but imagine it in novel form. It kind of makes me want to write it in novel form. (Hmm…) I mean, an eight-year-old becoming king? And finding an ancient manuscript later on that ends up having a profound effect on the kingdom? That’s pretty awesome.
But then, when I read the story in the Bible, I can’t help but get the impression that Josiah was a tad bit… unstable. Maybe it’s just me, but the way he reacts to some things seem a bit irrational. Still, he was a good king and he did some pretty good things in his lifetime, which I consider to be commendable seeing as he didn’t have the wisdom of experience to help him make decisions. (He did probably have some experienced advisers though.)
I didn’t realize that Josiah was only 39 when he was killed in the Battle of Megiddo. It’s kind of a shame that he would die in battle, seeing as most of his reign was peaceful. Maybe war just wasn’t his thing.