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 book, Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement: Israelite Rites of Violence and the Making of a Biblical Text (Oxford University Press, 2011) she explored the 7th century BCE religious reforms of the Judean King Josiah, whose rites of violence are a formative moment in the Bible’s representation of the emergence of monotheism.  She is currently working on a two volume study of tribes of Benjamin and Joseph, in textual, archaeological and historical perspective.  The Benjamin project is a collaboration with Daniel Fleming of New York University.   

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administrative responsibilities

  • Department Chair for Near Eastern Studies