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Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement
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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


The biblical account of the religious reforms of king Josiah is one of the most widely discussed texts in the Hebrew Bible. Scholars have long understood Josiah's destruction of Israelite cult objects and personnel to mark an essential break with Israel's polytheistic past and a foundational moment in the development of monotheism. The language of 2 Kgs 23 represents Josiah's reform as ritual, yet the text has never been systematically studied from a ritual perspective. Situating Josiah's defilement in the context of other Israelite rituals, it uncovers new fault lines in the text that reveal ... More

Keywords: Deuteronomist, Deuteronomy, Holiness Code, Josiah, Josiah's Reform, 2 Kings 23, Israelite ritual, defilement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199774166
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren A. S. Monroe, author
Cornell University
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