标题：The Social Space in the Hebrew Bible: The Case of the Priestly Texts in the Torah
作者机构：[Jiang Zhenshuai] Shandong Univ, Ctr Juda & Interreligious Studies, Sch Philosophy & Social Dev, Jinan, Shandong, Peoples R China.
通讯作者地址：[Jiang, ZS]Shandong Univ, Ctr Juda & Interreligious Studies, Sch Philosophy & Social Dev, Jinan, Shandong, Peoples R China.
来源：LOGOS & PNEUMA-CHINESE JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY
关键词：Hebrew Bible; Social Space; Priestly Texts; Babylonian Exile
摘要：Space in the Hebrew Bible has been increasingly studied with regard to the theory of social space. Social space approach emphasizes the sociocultural context in which space is constructed and investigates into the social elements that may have influenced the construction of space in texts. The discourses on space in the Priestly texts in the Torah have this apparent sociocultural orientation, and reflect the social context of the periods of late Babylonian exile and the early Achaemenid Persian Empire. In re-appropriating the earlier traditional views about space in Jewish culture and religion, the priestly classes expressed their own particular understandings while describing the residential place of God, the Jewish living place, and natural places like mountains, wilderness, etc. Such reappropriation and reinterpretation of the meanings of important spatial settings in the Priestly texts are made to suit the Israelite community in the new historical context of Babylonian exilic period. The new understandings of space in the Priestly texts therefore play an important role in constructing the identity of the Israelite community, and maintaining the development of the Israelite society in the exilic period.