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.
2008 Review of K. van der Toorn, Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
2007 “A Holiness Substratum in the Deuteronomistic Account of Josiah’s Reform,” in M. Leuchter, ed., Scribes Before and After 587 BCE: A Conversation (Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 7; 2007) 42-53.
2006 "Israelite, Moabite and Sabaean War-herem Traditions and the Forging of National Identity: Reconsidering the Sabaean Text RES 3945 in Light of Biblical and Moabite Evidence," Vetus Testamentum 57 (2007) 318-341.
2005 Review of Boyd Barrick, The King and the Cemeteries: Towards a New Understanding of Josiah's Reform, Revue Biblique (2005) 417-425.
1999 With Baruch Levine, “KTU 2.40: A mšr for the Sons and Daughters of Ugarit,” Revue Biblique 106/3 (1999) 321-344.
talks and presentations
2010 “Disembodied Women: Sacrificial Language in the Accounts of the Deaths of Bat Jephtah, Cozbi the Midianite, and the Bethlehemite Concubine.” Annual meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), Atlanta, GA (accepted for presentation).
2010 “Reconsidering Josiah’s Reform as Centralization: New Light on 2 Kings 22-23,” SBL, Atlanta, GA (accepted for presentation).
2008 “ ‘And They Behaved Even Worse than Their Fathers’: Reconsidering the Deuteronomistic Origin of Judges 2:11-19.” SBL, Boston, MA
2007 “Josiah’s Reform and Jeraboam’s Calves: Defilement Ritual in the Deuteronomistic History” New York University Symposium on the Golden Calf
2006 “A Holiness Substratum in the Deuteronomistic Account of Josiah’s Reform,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) San Diego
2005 “The Women of Gilgamesh and Rahab of Jericho: The Use of Female Roles in the Composition of Canonical Texts," Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), Philadelphia
2005 Rites of Defilement and Atonement in the Hebrew Bible and the Yom Kippur Liturgy,” Beth El Synagogue, Saint Louis Park, MN (October 13)
2004 "Benjaminite herem Traditions in Deuteronomistic Texts," SBL, San Antonio
2003 “Creating a Land Without People: Israelite, Moabite and Sabaean War-herem Traditions and the Forging of National Identity,” SBL, Atlanta
2002 “Priestly and Deuteronomic sources in the Composition of II Kings 22-23,” SBL, Toronto
2001 “Josiah’s Reform as Apotropaic Ritual,” SBL, Denver
2001 Tell Zeitah, Israel, Field School Lecturer
2000 “Josiah’s Reform and the Biblical Ordinance of Herem: A Study on Ancient Israelite Defilement Ritual,” SBL, Nashville
1998 “KTU 2.40 and the Ugaritic Word npy: A New Interpretation," SBL, Orlando
1998 “Female Roles in the Gilgamesh Epic,” Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, New Orleans
1997 "Ancient Near Eastern Flood Stories," Princeton University, Center for Jewish Life, Princeton, NJ