Jerusalem and Other Holy Places as Foci of Multireligious and Ideological Confrontation


Jerusalem and Other Holy Places as Foci of Multireligious and Ideological Confrontation brings together the papers that were read at an international conference at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem in May 2018. The contributions to this volume develop a multi-disciplinary perspective on holy places and their development, rhetorical force, and oft-contested nature. Through a particular focus on Jerusalem, this volume demonstrates the variety in the study of holy places, as well as the flexibility of geographic and historical aspects of holiness.

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Pieter B. Hartog, Ph.D. (2015), KU Leuven, teaches ancient Judaism and New Testament at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen. He is author of Pesher and Hypomnema: A Comparison between Two Commentary Traditions from the Hellenistic-Roman Period (Brill, 2017) and co-editor of The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Humanities: Method, Theory, Meaning (Brill, 2018). Shulamit Laderman, Ph.D. (2000), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a lecturer in Jewish and General Art at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. She has published extensively on Jewish and Christian mutual influences on visual illustration of the Bible. Vered Tohar, Ph.D. (2005), Bar-Ilan University, is senior lecturer in the Department of the Literature of the Jewish People at Bar-Ilan University. She is the author of Abraham in the Furnace: A Rebel in a Pagan World (Bar-Ilan University Press, 2010); The Book of Tales, Sermons and Legends (Ferrara 1554): An Anthology of Hebrew Stories from the Print Era (Hakibbutz HaMeuchad, 2016). She is a co-editor of Tell me About It: Aspects in Narrative Analysis (Ben-Gurion University Press, 2010); Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception (Brill, 2016). Archibald L.H.M. van Wieringen, Ph.D. (1993), KU Nijmegen, is professor of Old Testament at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology. He has published especially on prophetic literature and biblical theology. He is the co-editor of ‘Enlarge the Site of Your Tent’: The City as Unifying Theme in Isaiah: The Isaiah Workshop: De Jesaja Werkplaats (Brill, 2011) and of The Apostles’ Creed: ‘He Descended Into Hell’ (Brill, 2018).
List of Figures and Tables
Pieter B. Hartog, Shulamit Laderman, Vered Tohar, and Archibald L.H.M. van Wieringen

1 Graves as Holy Places? The Development of Jewish and National Sacred Space in the State of Israel, 1948–1967
Doron Bar

2 Rabbinic Literature’s Hidden Polemic: Sacred Space in the World of the Sages
Eyal Ben-Eliyahu

3 Inner Sanctum: Digital Labyrinths as Postmodern Pilgrimages: the Cases of the Talos Principle and the Turing Test
Frank G. Bosman

4 The Dome and the Rock Where Adam, Moses, and Jesus Meet
Katia Cytryn-Silverman

5 Synagogues as Foci of Multi-Religious and Ideological Confrontation? The Case of the Sardis Synagogue
Steven Fine

6 Psalm 47 as a Song of Zion: Nationalistic and Universalistic Tendencies
David Frankel

7 Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? Identity, Sacred Space, and Universal Knowledge in Philostratus and Acts of the Apostles
Pieter B. Hartog

8 “Holy Mokum”—a Case Study: the Dynamics of Sacred Place at Kastanjeplein, Amsterdam on National Remembrance Day
Willem Jan de Hek

9 The Garden in Eden: a Holy Place?
Robin B. ten Hoopen

10 Rituals of Holy Places in the 11th Century: the Circling of the Gates of Jerusalem and Pilgrimage to the Cave of Machpelah
Tamar Kadari and Gila Vachman

11 Church History and Archaeology on Holy Places in the Netherlands
Gert van Klinken

12 Seeing Jerusalem through Selected Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Collective Memory’s Visualizations
Shulamit Laderman

13 From Church to Synagogue: the Bankras Church (Amstelveen, the Netherlands) as a Case from the Responsa
Leon Mock

14 The “Inn of the Good Samaritan”: Religious, Civic and Political Rhetoric of a Biblical Site
Eric Ottenheijm

15 A Sense of Place and the Jewish Temple: from the Book of Psalms to the Temple Scroll
Eyal Regev

16 Remnants of Jewish Holiness in the Al Aksa Mosque in the Hague: Emotions, Rules, and “Iconic Fields”
Lieve M. Teugels

17 Sacred Stones: Literary and Folkloric Representations of the Remains of the Holy Temple
Vered Tohar

18 Jerusalem as an Aposiopesis in Old and New Testament Texts
Archibald L.H.M. van Wieringen

Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
All interested in holy places and geography, spatial theory, constructions of holiness, and the history of Jerusalem.
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