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Title: Cultic centralization in the Old Testament
Author: Wakely, A. P. R.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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As was the case with other peoples of the ancient Near East, sacrifice was the principal act of worship in Israel's cult. The term "cultic centralization" refers primarily to the limitation of all sacrificial worship to a central and/or sole sanctuary. It is striking that Deuteronomy 12-26 and the reforms of Hezekiah and Josiah all seem to share the same two dominant themes of purification of the cult and the limitation of sacrificial worship to a central sanctuary. However, what reasons motivated the demand for cultic centralization? Does Deuteronomy actually call for it? Did Hezekiah and Josiah both attempt to carry it out? Scholars differ in their evaluution of the narratives of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, in their identification of Josiah's "book of the law", in their analysis and understanding of Deuteronomy, and in their ansesonent of the influence Assyrian dominance had on the religion of Israel. The main purpose of this thesis, therefore, will be to examine the book of Deuteronomy and the accounts of the reforms of Hezekiah and Josiah with a view to determining the causes and natures of these reformations and, above all, to try to discover the motivating forces behind the demand for cultic centralization.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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