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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


Petitionary Mourning

Saul M. Olyan

in Biblical Mourning: Ritual and Social Dimensions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199264865
eISBN:
9780191698996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264865.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter provides an in-depth discussion of petitionary mourning, the mourning rites followed by individuals and communal supplicants in time of need. Petitionary mourning is a second, distinct ... More


The Sacred and the Bad

Robert Merrihew Adams

in Finite and Infinite Goods: A Framework for Ethics

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153712
eISBN:
9780199869381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153715.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Badness is not understood here, in parallel with goodness, as resemblance to a transcendent Bad. Rather it is understood in relation to the Good, as privation of goodness, more gravely as opposition ... More


Loot

Grant Hayter-Menzies

in The Empress and Mrs. Conger: The Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789888083008
eISBN:
9789882207554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083008.003.0067
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses the aftermath of the Boxer Uprising. Armed militants, professional soldiers, and hoodlums eager to vent their anger on foreigners and on Chinese who had accepted the foreign ... More


The Purgative Rationale for Capital Punishment

Matthew H. Kramer

in The Ethics of Capital Punishment: A Philosophical Investigation of Evil and its Consequences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199642182
eISBN:
9780191732188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642182.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Philosophy of Law

This pivotal chapter makes the positive case for the institution of capital punishment, after the preceding chapters have rejected all the standardly propounded rationales for that institution. The ... More


Purity, Community, and Ritual in Early Christian Literature

Moshe Blidstein

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198791959
eISBN:
9780191834172
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198791959.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Judaism

This book examines the meanings of purification practices and purity concepts in early Christian culture, as articulated and formed by Greek Christian authors of the first three centuries, from Paul ... More


Reimagining late Heian and Early Medieval Space

in Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories: Narrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751582
eISBN:
9780804767644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines how changes in the conceptualization of defilement over the course of the late Heian and early medieval periods transformed the character of ritual space which ultimately ... More


Eating the Text, Defiling the Hands: Specters in Arnold Schoenberg's Opera Moses and Aron

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries: Dwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226061
eISBN:
9780823235148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226061.003.0024
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter looks at Arnold Schoenberg's opera Moses and Aron, a masterpiece that, moving between music and text, purports to explore the relation of the Absolute as idea ... More


Unseen Dangers As Defilements

Michael Barkun

in Chasing Phantoms: Reality, Imagination, and Homeland Security Since 9/11

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834701
eISBN:
9781469603230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877692_barkun.10
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter describes how unseen dangers cannot be discussed without confronting ideas about pollution and defilement. In the first place, biological weapons, which occupy so large a place in ... More


Cognitive Linguistics: A Cognitive Linguistic Study of the Concept of Defilement in Ezekiel 22:1–16

Ellen van Wolde

in Biblical Interpretation and Method: Essays in Honour of John Barton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199645534
eISBN:
9780191755842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645534.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies

In 22:1-16, Ezekiel speaks on behalf of YHWH, introducing a charge of criminal behaviour against the city of Jerusalem. Initially (vv. 1-8), YHWH and his prophet accuse the city of bloodshed and ... More


The Digital Challenge: From the Theater to the Gallery

Hilary Radner and Alistair Fox

in Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474422888
eISBN:
9781474444767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422888.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter demonstrates how Bellour’s work on video art (or what was later termed moving-image installation art), while a product of his own preoccupations, is situated firmly within more general ... More


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