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Published: 13 October 2011

216 Pages


ISBN: 9780199774166

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Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement

Israelite Rites of Violence and the Making of a Biblical Text

Lauren A. S. Monroe

  • Contests the idea that Josiah sought to implement Deuteronomic Law.
  • Posits related and mutually influential "deuteronomistic" and "holiness" schools of thought.
  • Challenges the idea that deuteronomistic writing was necessarily undertaken in the service of an ideology of centralization.
  • Challenges the idea of a Josianic, Deuteronomistic redaction of the book of Kings.
  • Explores a fundamental connection between narratives that portray rites of violence and the construction of Israelite identity.

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