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Constructions of Space I

Theory, Geography, and Narrative

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The Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar ran as a joint project of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) from 2000-05, the only cross-society venture of its time. For the first time in the development of biblical studies, participants in the seminar attempted to foreground and critically analyze space with the same theoretical nuance that biblical scholars have traditionally devoted to history. Among the noteworthy achievements were applications of different critical spatiality theories to both the traditional historical work of biblical geography and to the analysis of biblical narrative. This volume begins with five essays that represent some of the seminar's most important interdisciplinary theoretical work. It then moves to two essays on biblical mapping, considered from a cultural studies perspective as a historical enterprise. The volume concludes with two essays that show the interpretive value of critical spatiality theory when used as a lens for reading biblical narrative. The series editors are Claudia Camp and Andrew Mein, formerly with "Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement", a book series that features original and creative approaches to the interpretation of Old Testament literature. "The Bible in the 21st Century" series, a part of "JSOTS", seeks to examine contemporary authoritative and cultural meanings of bibles by focusing on the processes of transmission, readership and actualization of biblical texts up to and including the twenty-first century. The series explores issues related to contemporary culture and the place of the bible and religion within it. Copenhagen International Seminar is also part of "JSOTS".

Table of Contents

Introduction - Jon L. Berquist; Part I: Theoretical Perspectives; Jon L. Berquist, "Critical Spatiality and the Uses of Theory"; Mark K. George, "Historically Siting Critical Space: Conceptualizing Space in the Western World"; Wesley A. Kort, "Toward a Narrative-based Theory of Place-relations"; Mary R. Huie-Jolly, "Formation of Self in Construction of Space: Lefebvre in Winnicott's Embrace"; Mary R. Huie-Jolly, "Language as Extension of Desire: The Oedipus Complex and Spatial Hermeneutics"; Part II: Mapping the Bible; Thomas B. Dozeman, "Mapping Biblical Geography"; Burke O. Long, "Bible Maps and America's Nationalist Narratives"; Part III: Space in Biblical Narrative; William Millar, "A Bakhtinian Reading of Narrative Space and Its Connection to Social Space: the Case of the Levites"; Steven James Schweitzer, "Exploring the Utopian Space of Chronicles: Some Spatial Anomalies".

Author Biography

Claudia V. Camp is Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University and was on the steering committee of the Seminar. She is currently co-general editor of the LHBOTS series, as well as the author or editor of 4 books and numerous articles. Jon Berquist is senior academic editor at Westminster John Knox Press and was the co-chair of the Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar. He is the author or editor of 7 books and numerous articles.
Release date NZ
December 6th, 2007
Edited by Claudia V. Camp Edited by Jon L. Berquist
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
13 bw illustrations
T.& T.Clark Ltd
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