Critical studies and analyses of space are becoming increasingly common in scholarship, although it is not always clear how such studies proceed, what theoretical works inform them, or what are their potential benefits for biblical studies. This volume helps address those questions, by including the work of biblical scholars working in a range of historical periods and locations, from Deuteronomy's idealized spaces to the Qumran community on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Each of the scholars in this volume is actively involved in the critical study of space, having presented work on this topic in regional, national, or international meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. The essays included in this volume combine theoretical and interpretive concerns in the analysis of texts from the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Scholars in Biblical Studies, Archaeology, Religious Studies, and Anthropology will find this to be a valuable resource for gaining new understandings of the critical study of space in antiquity.
Mark K. George, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Iliff School of Theology, has been involved in critical spatial studies for a number of years. He is the author of Israel's Tabernacle as Social Space.
"Deuteronomy and the Regimentation of Israel's Space" - Mark K. George "The Place of the Past: Spatial Construction In Jeremiah 1-24" - Barrie Bowman "Noah's Architecture: Sacred Space in ancient Near Eastern Flood Myths" - Cory Crawford, "Every Green Tree and the Streets of Jerusalem: Counter Constructions of Gendered Sacred Space in the Book of Jeremiah" - Steed V. Davidson "Creating Space Through Imagination and Action: Space and the Body in Deuteronomy 6:4-9" Rev. Dr. Ann Jeffers, "Wicked Witches of the West: Construct of Space and Gender in Jezreel" - Michaela Geiger "Remembered Space" - Victor H. Matthews "From Watchtower to Holy Temple: Reading the Book of Habakkuk as a Spatial Journey" - Gert T. M. Prinsloo "Evolving Space: Visibility Graph Analysis of Khirbet Qumran" Dr. Alison Schofield, "The Em-bodied Desert and Other Sectarian Spaces in the Dead Sea Scrolls" - Juhana Markus Saukonnen