Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred
Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred

Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred

in The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies

by Roland Boer, Mark Brummitt, John Berquist, Stuart Lasine, Klaus Bieberstein, Tamara Prosic, Matthew Sleeman, Karen J. Wenell, J. Cornelis de Vos, Halvor Moxnes, Jorunn Økland, Pernille Carstens, and David Jasper

Pages 208
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2016
ISBN-13 9780567115164
Constructions of Space III engages space both as focus in the texts under discussion, but also as analytical perspective. It explores more specifically how the Bible does not contain one, or even several, notions of sacred/holy space, even if there are undoubtedly many spaces described as such. It rather tries to trace how the discourses of space and those of the sacred intersect and interact in various writings of the Bible, more like points in a diagram, resulting in highly different ways of conceptualizing the sacred.

A spatial-critical perspective can help us better understand how the relationship between notions of holiness and of space was a more dynamic one; as notions of space changed, so notions of holiness changed, and vice versa. Such a perspective also opens up further questions such as how the Temple's periphery is constructed, and how a human being can move and orient him- or herself in such a space over-loaded with meaning.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction - Okland, de Vos and Wenell
  • Part I: Old Testament
    • Chapter 1: Egypt as a Space of Fear and a Space of Hope - Dr. Roland Boer, Monash University, Australia
    • Chapter 2: Jeremiah and the City: The Fortified Prophet of Jerusalem - Dr. Mark Brummitt, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, USA
    • Chapter 3: The Size of the Sacred - Dr. John Berquist, Claremont School of Theology, USA
    • Chapter 4: A Safer Space: Genesis as a Prologue to Holiness and Divine Jealousy - Prof. Stuart Lasine, Wichita State University, USA
    • Chapter 5: Mythical Time and Mythical Space: Creation and Salvation in Jerusalem - Prof. Dr. Klaus Bieberstein, University of Bamberg, Germany
    • Chapter 6: The 'Threshing Floor' as Sacred Space in the Hebrew Bible: A Spatial and Anthropological Perspective - Dr. Tamara Prosic, Monash University, Australia
  • Part II: New Testament
    • Chapter 7: Lukan Narrative Spatiality in Transition: A Reading of Acts 11:19-12:25 for Its Spaces - Dr. Matthew Sleeman, Oak Hill College, UK
    • Chapter 8: 'The Kingdom' as Sacred and Social Space of the Future - Dr. Karen J. Wenell, University of Birmingham, UK
    • Chapter 9: Hebrews 3.7-4.11 and the Pragmatic Function of Mental Maps - Dr. J. Cornelis de Vos, WWU Muenster, Germany
    • Chapter 10: Jesus, John and the Wilderness - Prof. Halvor Moxnes, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Chapter 11: Carnelian and Caryatids: Sacred Space in the Apocalypse of John - Prof. Jorunn Okland, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Part III: Mediations
    • Chapter 12: Travelling Through Landscape - Dr. Pernille Carstens, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Chapter 13: The Bible and Liturgical Space - Prof. David Jasper, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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