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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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Literary, Historiographic, and Historical Implications

Literary, Historiographic, and Historical Implications

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Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement

Lauren A. S. Monroe

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the implications of this study for certain central issues in biblical studies. These are: the nature of Holiness writing and the duration of the Holiness school's activity; the relationship between the Holiness and Deuteronomistic schools; the use of 2 Kgs 23 to date Deuteronomy to the seventh century; the idea of a Josianic redaction of the book of Kings; the import of the idea of centralization within the literary traditions of the Deuteronom(ist)ic school; and the historicity of Josiah's reform. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the core traditions of sanctified violence embedded in the account of the reform and how these were preserved and manipulated in the process of narrativizing emergent Israelite identity.

Keywords:   Holiness, Deuteronomistic, Deuteronomy, Josianic redaction, Kings, 2 Kings 23, centralization, sanctified violence, Israelite identity

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