Sanctity of Time and Space in Tradition and Modernity

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Time and space can take on a sacred nature in both Judaism and Christianity accompanied by a permanent critical attitude towards the sacred.
Conceptions of sacredness imply a conception of community and of society at large. This study investigates the different attitudes toward sacred time and space from an interdisciplinary perspective, ranging from the Biblical period through Qumran, Patristics, Rabbinics, archaeology and theology to modern and even to post-modern rituals. This approach offers a fascinating insight into both the common heritage of Judaism and Christianity and their mutual differences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004112339
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/26/1998
  • Series: Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series, #1
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alberdina Houtman, Ph.D. (1995), Utrecht University, studied Semitic Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is research fellow in Rabbinical Studies at the University of Kampen and has published a monograph and several articles on early rabbinics.
Marcel Poorthuis, studied Judaic studies, theology and philosophy. In 1992 he published his dissertation Het gelaat van de Messias (The Face of the Messiah), on the Talmud commentaries of the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. Together with Chana Safrai he edited the book The Centrality of Jerusalem (Kampen ,1996).
Joshua Schwartz, Ph.D. (1981) in Jewish History, Hebrew University, is Director of the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies and Professor of Historical Geography of Ancient Israel at Bar-Ilan. He has published extensively on the historical geography of ancient Israel and Jerusalem.
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Table of Contents

Editorial Statement
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Studies in the History of Sacred Time and Space
Torah from Zion: Isaiah's Temple Vision (Isaiah 2:1-4) 11
Transformations of Space and Time: Nathan's Oracle and David's Prayer in 1 Chronicles 17 27
Holy Place and Hannah's Prayer: A Comparison of LAB 50-51 and Luke 2:22-39 a Propos 1 Samuel 1-2 45
The Lasting Sanctity of Bethesda 73
Ir Ha-Miqdash and its Meaning in the Temple Scroll and Other Qumran Texts 95
Pt. 2 Postbiblical Period
Holiness and Mysticism at Sinai According to the Mekhilta de Rabbi Ishmael 113
Jerusalem and the Temple in the Tannaitic Literature of the First Generation after the Destruction of the Temple 135
'They Direct Their Hearts to Jerusalem': References to Jerusalem and Temple in Mishnah and Tosefta Berakhot 153
'To Stand - Perhaps to Sit': Sitting and Standing in the Azarah in the Second Temple Period 167
The Institutionalization of the Cult of Saints in Christian Society 193
Between Jerusalem and Bethlehem: Jerome and the Holy Places of Palestine 215
Judaism and Christianity
Moses' Rod in Zipporah's Garden 231
Liturgical Time and Space in Early Christianity In Light of Their Jewish Background 265
Holy City and Holy Land as Viewed by Jews and Christians in the Byzantine Period: A Conceptual Approach to Sacred Space 285
Pt. 3 Modern Period
Post-modern Pilgrimage: Christian Ritual Between Liturgy and 'Topolatry' 299
The Sanctity of Mount Herzl and Independence Day in Israel's Civil Religion 317
A Rachel for Everyone: The Kinneret Cemetery as a Site of Civil Pilgrimage 349
App Translation of the 29 line Rehob Inscription 361
Maps and Illustrations 364
Index of Names and Subjects 369
Index of Ancient Sources 374
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