Monroe, Lauren

Associate Professor
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Monroe's teaching interests include Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew at all levels, Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, and Ancient Israelite Religious and Social History. She is particularly interested in the way what it meant to be “Israelite” changed over time, and how such changes are reflected in the stratigraphy of the biblical text and the archaeological tel. In her forthcoming book entitled, Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement: Israelite Rites of Violence and the Making of a Biblical Text (Oxford University Press) she explore the 7th century BCE religious reforms of the Judean King Josiah, whom the Bible credits with purifying and centralizing Israelite worship at the Jerusalem temple. Monroe is interested in how Josiah’s acts of destruction fit within the larger context of Israelite ritual, and how a range of ancient voices from the holiness and deuteronomistic circles of late pre-exilic and exilic Israel are preserved in the biblical account of the reform.

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administrative responsibilities

  • Department Chair for Near Eastern Studies