In the bible at 2 Chron 17: 9, 10 it points out that all the nations that were around Judah were in dread of Jehovah, seemingly because in vs. 9 it mentions that "and they began teaching in Judah, and with them there was the book of Jehovah's Law, and they kept going around through all the cities of Judah and teaching among the people." This to me seems ridiculous, why would any nation be in dread of a god they didn't worship? How were all the nations around Judah to know of thsi god Jehovah? it just doesn't make sense. If anyone can shed some light on this it would be much appreciated. tks in advance.
A king's power was attributed to his god. In the case of Jehoshaphat, he had built forts, had large supplies stored in various places, and had a vast army of fighting men whom he stationed in fortified cities throughout Judah. So, I think THAT is what they were actually afraid of. Maybe the "message" they were teaching was more like a warning.
Edited to add: Every topic should get some response. Yours looked lonely or forgotten.
Couple of reasons:
1) This story was crafted with a political agenda. Hence the inconsistencies
2) This explains why they had to go round and teach. THe books of Moses were "lost" or rather they had just been crafted. And now the whole country had to get submerged into this new religion.
For examples of this see: Akhnaton, the wars in Brittain: Britons, Saxons, Vikings, Christians. All had a different God. Conquered territories had to accept the new religion by forced conversion. (It was a sign of submission to the new ruler. A biblical example: Nebu had the hebrews in the oven for this very reason)