GAIR Members of the Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar
Members of the Former Constructs of the Social and Cultural Worlds of Antiquity Group

Materials written by members of the Guild for Academic Images Research that the Steering Committee deems relevant to the ongoing discussions of the Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar.  Additions are posted as they are approved.  Please check again for new materials.

GAIR Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar
Members' Papers

George, Mark, Iliff School of Theology
Tabernacle and Temple Spaces (2000)-Abstract
Tabernacle and Temple Spaces (2000) - Paper

Hawk, Daniel, Ashland Theological Seminary
Excepts and Essays of Several Publications (2000)

McKeever, Michael Colin, Judson College
Refiguring Space in the Lukan Passion Narrative (2000)

Matthews, Victor H,  Southwest Missouri State University
Conceptions and Manipulation of Space in Ancient Israel   (2001)

Millar, William R.,  Linfield College
Priesthood in Ancient Israel    (2001)

Stevenson, Kalinda Rose,  Walnut Creek, CA
The Land is Yours:  Ezekiel's Outrageous Land Claim (2001)

Papers Presented in the Constructs Group

Berquist, Jon, Chalice Press
Theories of Space and Construction of the Ancient World (1999)

Boyarin, Daniel, University of California, Berkeley
Virgin Rabbis: A Study in Fourth-Century Cultural Affinity and Difference (1997)

Camp, Claudia V., Texas Christian University
Of Lineages and Levites, Sisters and Strangers: Constructing Priestly Identity in the Post-Exilic Period (1997)
Wise, Strange and Holy: The Strange Woman and the Making of the Bible. JSOTSupplement Series 320.  Sheffield:  Sheffield Academic, 2000.  Hardback  ISBN 1 84127 166 7; Paperback ISBN 1 84127 167 5
The relationship of the Strange Woman and Woman Wisdom, separate but inseparable in Proverbs 1-9, is the book's analytic starting point, becoming a hermeneutical lens for viewing other texts of strangeness-of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and cultic activity. Wisdom and strangeness mark the narratives of Samson and Solomon, while priestly literature sets strangeness against holiness. Miriam and Dinah, sisters of cultic eponyms Aaron and Levi, are Israelite women defiled or unclean, made strange. Priestly and wisdom constructions of gendered strangeness intersect, illuminating the ideologies of identity that develop in the postexilic period and that shape the beginnings of the biblical canon.  "Of Lineages and Levites, Sisters and Strangers" (above) has been incorporated.

Flanagan, James W., Case Western Reserve University
Ancient Perceptions of Space / Perceptions of Ancient Space (2000)
    (Hard copy version:  "Ancient Perceptions of Space/Perceptions of Ancient Space,"  Semeia 87 [1999] 15-43)
Mapping the Biblical World: Perceptions of Space in Ancient Southwestern Asia (1999)
    (Hard copy version:  "Mapping the Biblical World:  Perceptions of Space in Ancient Southwestern Asia."  Pp. 1-18 in Jacqueline Murray [ed.].  Humanities Group Working Papers 5 [Windsor, ONT: University of Windsor, 2001]).
Postmodern Perspectives on Premodern Space (early draft) (1999)
    (Abridged hard copy version:  "Space."  Pp. 239-244 in A.K.M. Adam [ed.]. Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation [St. Louis: Chalice, 2000]).
Construction of Ancient Space " (1996)

Gunn, David M., Texas Christian University
Te Kooti in Canaan, or Inhabiting the Bible and Possessing the Land (1996)

Huie-Jolly, Mary, Knox College, New Zealand
Response to Several Papers (1998)

Long, Burke O., Bowdoin College
Albright and the Idea of the Holy Land (1996)

Whitelam, Keith W.,  Sheffield University
Constructing Jerusalem   (1998)

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