Deuteronomic Reform

Deuteronomic Reform
Religious reformation in Judah during the reign of King Josiah (с 640–609 BC).

As Assyria's hold on Israel weakened, Josiah waged a campaign against foreign cults and had their altars and idols removed from the Temple. He called for a return to the observance of Mosaic Law, based on the book of the Law discovered in the Temple of Jerusalem (с 622 BC), believed to be the same book as the law code in the Book of Deuteronomy. Rural sanctuaries and fertility cults were destroyed and the worship of Yahweh (the God of Israel) was centralized at Jerusalem.

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      great religious reformation instituted in the reign of King Josiah of Judah (c. 640–609 BC). It was so called because the book of the Law found in the Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Temple of) (c. 622 BC), which was the basis of the reform, is considered by scholars to be the same as the law code in the book of Deuteronomy (chapters 12–26). The reform consisted of removing pagan altars and idols from the Temple, destroying rural sanctuaries and fertility cults, and centralizing worship at the Temple of Jerusalem.

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