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Constructions of Space III Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred by J. Cornelis de Vos

Constructions of Space III Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred

Part of the The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies Series

RRP £92.00


Constructions of Space III Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred by J. Cornelis de Vos

Constructions of Space III engages with the great variety of sacred spaces set out and given meaning in the texts of the Hebrew Bible, early Jewish literature and the New Testament. Spatial-critical, as well as anthropological, philosophical and narrative perspectives are interacted with in creative ways and brought to bear on the spaces encountered within the texts. Among the concepts and themes explored are oppositional aspects such as holiness and danger/the profane, fear and hope, utopia and dystopia, and purity and impurity. The social and mythological significance of more 'grounded' places such as Jerusalem and Egypt, temples, burial places and threshing floors is considered alongside more ethereal and symbolic spaces like those of heaven, the last judgement and the kingdom of God. What emerges is a dynamic and lively set of perspectives that illuminates relationships between texts, spaces and communities.


This fine volume prompts readers to approach the biblical texts creatively by (re)considering the spatial dimensions in religious realities that probably escaped the customary interpretation. * Journal for the Study of the Old Testament *

About the Author

Jorunn Okland is Professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo, Norway. J. Cornelis de Vos is lecturer in New Testament and Judaism at the University of Munster, Germany. He has published on land in the Bible and Early Judaism. Karen J. Wenell is Lecturer in New Testament and Theology at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Publication date

28th May 2013


J. Cornelis de Vos

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


264 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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