Date of Submission
Breingan, L. E. (2014). Economic implications of the Deuteronomistic reform and the elimination of the Goddess Asherah (Thesis, Australian Catholic University). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.4226/66/5a9cb6f6b0b79
This thesis explores the economic rationale behind the Deuteronomistic reforms of centralisation and aniconism, as demonstrated through the biblical texts and extra-biblical material. The aniconistic centralised Temple complex promoted by Dtr was a repository of wealth, power, and influence, which was threatened by the iconographic system of shrines and temples spread throughout the Judahite and Israelite areas. This is evidenced through the economic underpinnings of the society which have contributed to these 'reforms', such as the development of an ethnos Israel and the fiscal manipulation of the temple complex and system of tithing. The iconography of the goddess Asherah is used as an example of this, but other forms of iconography associated with the early cult of YHWH are also considered.
School of Theology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy