Josiah at Bethel and the “Monument” to the Unnamed Prophet from Judah
In a reexamination of the narrative in which Josiah travels to Bethel and desacralizes the shrine originally constructed by King Jeroboam, special attention is given to issues of spatiality, sensory criticism, and memory studies. By focusing on the sighting of a monument standing in the cemetery at Bethel, the storyteller uses this mnemonic device to evoke a memory that would further vilify Jeroboam and justify Josiah’s centralization of worship in Jerusalem.
Bethel, Jeroboam, Josiah, memory, sensory criticism, spatiality
Matthews, Victor H. "Josiah at Bethel and the “Monument” to the Unnamed Prophet from Judah." Biblical Theology Bulletin 50, no. 4 (2020): 200-206.
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