Casting Down the Host of Heaven

The Rhetoric of Ritual Failure in the Polemic Against the Host of Heaven

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Author: Cat Quine
In Casting Down the Host of Heaven Cat Quine analyses the ambiguous nature of the Host and explores the role of ritual in the polemic against their worship. Although commonly assumed to be YHWH’s divine army, the book reveals their non-military and fluid nature. Quine demonstrates that it was the fluidity of the Host and their roles in the divine realm that permitted the creation of wide-ranging polemic against their worship. Her analysis shows that this polemic was expressed in ritual terms which persuaded its audiences, both ancient and modern, of its legitimacy and authority.

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In Casting Down the Host of Heaven Cat Quine analyses the ambiguous nature of the Host and explores the role of ritual in the polemic against their worship.
"This meticulous study uncovers an overlooked aspect of the HB’s polemic for YHWH-worship and makes an invaluable contribution to the often obscure topic of the Host of Heaven. The discussion of the ritual innovations of Manasseh and Josiah is particularly interesting, and this book will be an indispensable resource for further research into the topic." MARIAN KELSEY, SOTS Book List
Anyone interested in the Host of Heaven, divine beings in the Hebrew Bible, the Deuteronomistic History and ritual studies in biblical narrative.