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Die Kultreform Josias: Studien zur Religionsgeschichte Israels in der späten Königszeit
Pietsch, Michael

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013 pp. x + 542. €124.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 86

Description: Published in German. Josiah’s cult reform has been called the main event in the history of literature and religion in ancient Israel. The reform of the system of religious symbols, expressed in Josiah’s measures related to cult policies, marked a turning point in the history of the religion of ancient Israel on its way to a monotheistic concept of God. Conventional wisdom has it that this also provided the historical background for the creation of the so-called proto-Deuteronomy. According to the latest research however both the agenda and the historicity of Josiah’s cult reform are highly controversial. Against this backdrop, Michael Pietsch takes a new look at the relevant literary and archeological sources and provides a reevaluation of the processes in the history of religion which led to the transformation of the religion of ancient Israel.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Kings, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Peter Porzig
Published 6/27/2014
Citation: Peter Porzig, review of Michael Pietsch, Die Kultreform Josias: Studien zur Religionsgeschichte Israels in der späten Königszeit, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2014).

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