Destructive Rituals and the Creative Process

Lauren A. S. Monroe

in Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199774166
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897377 | DOI:
Destructive Rituals and the Creative Process

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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 rites of riddance and ḥērem. The former, common in priestly texts, serves to avert danger, while the latter occurs often in Deuteronom(ist)ic texts and connotes the destruction of enemies and their consecration to Yahweh. These two ritual categories are essential to understanding the efficacy of Josiah's reform measures and the compositional history of the text. This chapter situates the book's conclusions regarding the composition of 2 Kgs 23 within the context of earlier models and establishes the critical foundations for the assertion of a Holiness substratum in the text.

Keywords: defilement ritual; apotropaic ritual; Deuteronomistic; Josiah's reform; Holiness; compositional history

Chapter.  7977 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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