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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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199774166
eISBN:
9780199897377
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774166.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

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 ... More


Uncleanness and Taboo Draw the Lines of the World

Mary Douglas

in Jacob's Tears: The Priestly Work of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199265237
eISBN:
9780191602054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Taboos are effective for guarding thought, and this chapter is about the equivalent role of performance in protecting what is known: it suggests that taboos should be seen as performative acts that ... More


The ‘Real’ Victim of Rape

Caroline Blyth

in The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34: Interpreting Dinah's Silence

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199589456
eISBN:
9780191594571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589456.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter examines the cultural myth that rape victims are ‘damaged’ or ‘defiled’ by their assault. The author suggests that the origin of this myth lies in age‐old ideologies that regard women as ... More


Destructive Rituals and the Creative Process: The Dynamics of Defilement in 2 Kings 22–23

Lauren A. S. Monroe

in Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement: Israelite Rites of Violence and the Making of a Biblical Text

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199774166
eISBN:
9780199897377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774166.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explains how the language of 2 Kgs 23 provides entrée to the ritual dimensions of Josiah's reform. The text attests to language associated with two types of defilement ritual: apotropaic ... More


Priestly Rites of Elimination and the Holiness Core of 2 Kings 23:4–20

Lauren A. S. Monroe

in Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement: Israelite Rites of Violence and the Making of a Biblical Text

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199774166
eISBN:
9780199897377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774166.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter first examines unique parallels between 2 Kgs 23 and priestly, apotropaic ritual texts. It then identifies language and interests in 2 Kgs 23 found elsewhere in the Bible only in the ... More


Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Jonathan Klawans

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195132908
eISBN:
9780199848850
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132908.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Much has been written about ritual impurity in ancient Judaism, but the question of how the ancient Jews understood the relationship between defilement and sin has largely been ignored. This book ... More


Siluk Ha-Shekhinah: Sin, Defilement, and the Departure of the Divine Presence

Jonathan Klawans

in Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195132908
eISBN:
9780199848850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132908.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the tannaitic treatment of the idea of moral defilement. It begins by offering some general observations about the tannaitic passages that form the basis of analysis. The first ... More


Summary and Conclusion

Jonathan Klawans

in Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195132908
eISBN:
9780199848850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132908.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The distinction between ritual and moral defilement is important—even essential—simply for understanding the biblical text itself. At least four distinct approaches to the question of the ... More


Israel Defiled: Miriam and her Brothers

Mary Douglas

in In the Wilderness: The Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245413
eISBN:
9780191697463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245413.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Miriam is a beloved heroine in Jewish traditions, but no cause for her high standing shows in the commentaries on the Book of Numbers. Her strange story makes more sense if she is representing the ... More


The Book of Numbers in the Context of Comparative Religion

Mary Douglas

in In the Wilderness: The Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245413
eISBN:
9780191697463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245413.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This book aims to open a place for a new reading of the Book of Numbers. Trying to apply the practice of anthropology to Numbers produces several surprises. For one, the interpretation of defilement ... More


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