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Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of DefilementIsraelite Rites of Violence and the Making of a Biblical Text$
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Lauren A. S. Monroe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199774166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774166.001.0001

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The Mechanics of Transformation

The Mechanics of Transformation

The Holiness Substratum and Deuteronomistic Revision of 2 Kings 23:4–20

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Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement

Lauren A. S. Monroe

Oxford University Press

This chapter establishes the literary historical relationship between priestly-Holiness and Deuteronomistic elements in the account of the reform and the mechanisms of Deuteronomistic transformation. Whereas the Holiness account was steeped in the political and material realities of preexilic Judah, the Deuteronomistic revision connected the composition to universal themes in Israel's landed history. Among these are: Israel's ancient covenant with Yahweh, mediated by the laws of Moses; the agency of Israel's earliest military leaders in realizing Yahweh's covenant promise; and the repeated failure of Israel's kings to fulfill the potential that Moses and Joshua embodied. Isolating the Holiness substratum in 2 Kgs 23 illuminates the postmonarchic Deuteronomist's modus operandi and contributes to a deeper understanding of both Deuteronomistic and Holiness writing.

Keywords:   priestly, Holiness, preexilic, Deuteronomistic, revision, covenant, Moses, Joshua, postmonarchic

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