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648 BC - 609 BC

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Josiah ( or ) or Yoshiyahu was the 16th king of Judah (c. 640–609 BCE) who, according to the Hebrew Bible, instituted major religious reforms by removing official worship of gods other than Yahweh. Josiah is credited by most biblical scholars with having established or compiled important Hebrew scriptures during the "Deuteronomic reform" which probably occurred during his rule. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josiah has received more than 1,608,591 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Josiah is the 743rd most popular politician (up from 869th in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Israel (up from 56th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Israeli Politician.

Josiah is most famous for reforming the nation of Judah. He instituted a number of religious reforms including the destruction of idolatrous temples, the reformation of the priesthood, and the restoration of biblical law.

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Among politicians, Josiah ranks 743 out of 15,577Before him are Ptolemy III Euergetes, Anne of Brittany, Umberto I of Italy, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor, Jeroboam, and Philip the Arab. After him are Alexander Van der Bellen, Konstantin von Neurath, Louis, Grand Dauphin, Claudius Gothicus, Letizia Ramolino, and Karl Liebknecht.

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Among people born in 648 BC, Josiah ranks 1 Among people deceased in 609 BC, Josiah ranks 1After him is Zephaniah.

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Among people born in Israel, Josiah ranks 45 out of 430Before him are Joseph of Arimathea (100), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), Hezekiah (-800), Procopius (500), and Jeroboam (-1000). After him are Daniel Kahneman (1934), Judas Maccabeus (-200), Amos Oz (1939), James, son of Alphaeus (-10), Barabbas (1), and Herodias (-100).


Among politicians born in Israel, Josiah ranks 14Before him are Rehoboam (-972), Mahmoud Abbas (1935), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), Hezekiah (-800), and Jeroboam (-1000). After him are Amin al-Husseini (1895), Zedekiah (-617), Manasseh of Judah (-800), Amalric of Jerusalem (1136), Reuven Rivlin (1939), and Abijah of Judah (-1000).