The Bible and Sacred Space

Department of Theology and Religion, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 24789

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This module will examine spatial concepts within biblical texts (primarily the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, with some reference to other Second Temple and early Christian literature) and critique them using spatial-critical theory. There will be an emphasis on the original settings of the texts and related archaeological findings, and also on the history of their interpretation in different contexts, with a focus on contemporary interpretation (including virtual sacred space). Key spatial themes may include, but will not be limited to: land, temple, city, country/agricultural space, and empire. The module will also deal with the ethics of examing biblical space in light of contemporary political conflicts (Israel/Palestine and Jerusalem in particular).

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars