[b-hebrew] The Priestly Stratum
Lisbeth S. Fried
lizfried at umich.edu
Thu Feb 27 14:37:33 EST 2003
It has been quite a while since I've read Mark's book,
I suppose I should look at it again. For my view of the matter
please see my article in JAOS which should be out any
moment: "The High Places (Bamot) and the Reforms of Hezekiah
and Josiah: An Archaeological Investigation," JAOS 122.3 (2002).
In that paper I investigate every single place in Iron Age Judah that
I could find that could possibly be labeled a cult site. There were
of these figurines at any of them. Moreover, there were no reforms.
Each of these sites had been destroyed in attacks by either the
or the Assyrians. By 701 there were no more cult sites except for the
in Jerusalem. That alone remained. The Deuteronomist was able to
write that YHWH had chosen one place because it was very evident to him
that he had -- by 701 only Jerusalem was left. That includes Arad, it
purposely taken down in advance of Sennacherib's attack. There was no
cult site there in the 7th century. Please see my article.
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> Lisbeth S. Fried wrote (in part):
> I disagree that the people of pre-Exilic Judah were polytheistic. ...
> All the polemics that you read in Ezekiel, etc. are just their way of
> explaining the disasters. The temple was captured, the people deported
> -- ERGO they must have worshipped other gods.
> Wow, Liz, this is quite a bold assertion. I certainly agree with your
> interpretation of Ezekiel (and see it as one of many reasons to view
> Ezekiel as Persian-era, not Babylonian-era in its present form), I am
> surprised by the boldness of your take on the Iron Age II evidence.
> Since I always respect your research, I am curious. How do you
> interpret, for example, the research of, say, Mark S. Smith (to name
> just one) - _The Early History of God_ and _The Origins of Biblical
> Dr. Kurt L. Noll
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