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Old Testament Essays

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Abstract

STEINER, Till Magnus. Perceived and narrated space in Psalm 48. Old testam. essays [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.3, pp. 685-704. ISSN 2312-3621.

Psalm 48 consists of two layers, a basic pre-exilic layer (vv. 2-7, 9, 13-14a, 15) and a redactional exilic layer (vv. 8, 10-12, 14b). Analyzed with the heuristic categories of spatial theory by H. Lefebvre (perceived space, conceived space and lived space), it can be shown, how the pre-exilic text's praise of the impregnability of Jerusalem as city of God has been revised. This revision changes the perceived space, which the text is based on, into a narrated space, thus preserving trust in God and belief in Jerusalem as the City of God even in the face of destruction and exile.

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