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Critical Spatiality in Genesis 1–11
Jiang, Zhenshuai

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xii + 227. $111.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 2/99

Description: Space in the Hebrew Bible is increasingly studied from the perspective of critical spatiality, emphasizing the social and cultural dimension of space, how people experience space, and their creativity in constructing space. Zhenshuai Jiang investigates the discourses on space in Gen 1–11 and discusses the connection between social space and spatial narrative. He deals with various questions in different spatial terms, with a detailed textual analysis of Gen 1–11. How is space constructed in Gen 1–11? To what extent and how is this construction influenced by social and cultural elements? The author describes specifically how space in Gen 1–11 is constructed rhetorically, taking into account historical and social circumstances in which the texts were written.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Brandon R. Grafius
Published 10/24/2019
Citation: Brandon R. Grafius, review of Zhenshuai Jiang, Critical Spatiality in Genesis 1–11, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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