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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Hohls, Mathias Gunther
URN etd-09292010-195025
Document Title And God walked in Eden : the role of space in the interpretation of Genesis 2-3
Degree Master of Arts
Department Ancient Languages
Advisor Name Title
Prof G T M Prinsloo Supervisor
  • Adam
  • mountain
  • temple
  • Zion
  • JHWH God
  • holy
  • Axis mundi
  • profane
  • Edennarratief
  • narratiewe ruimte
  • ruimte
  • waargeneemde ruimte
  • geleefde ruimte
  • sosiale ruimte
  • waargenome ruimte
  • Adam
  • Sion
  • tempel
  • Eva
  • profaan
  • Axis mundi
  • heilig
  • berg
  • perceived space
  • lived space
  • narrative space
  • conceived space
  • critical space
  • social space
  • YHWH God
  • space
  • Eden narrative
  • Eve
Date 2010-09-03
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This dissertation seeks to investigate the literary concept of space used in a biblical text. The aim of this study is twofold: firstly, to use current research material on the theory of space and develop it for own use; secondly to see if any new light can be shed on the interpretation of the pericope of Genesis 2:4-3:24 through this theory. The hypothesis of this study is that the investigation of space as a literary construct will help identify new perspectives on the Genesis 2:4-3:24 pericope. The fundamental presupposition of this study is that the pericope was composed as a complete narrative unit and that every sentence has its due part to play in the narrative. Using knowledge from the narrative and social sciences together with insights from philosophy and archaeology an effort is made to develop and define a particular spatial theory. The theory is then applied through various spatial analyses on various levels of the text. This study shows that the narrative of Genesis 2:4-3:24 is not the product of literary confusion but rather literary brilliance. Additionally, it illustrates the far reaching effects of its spatiality on later texts and societies, and that as a construct of narrative art its potency cannot be undermined.

AFRIKAANS : Hierdie verhandeling ondersoek die gebruik van ruimte as a literÍre konsep in 'n Bybelse teks. Die doel van die studie is tweeledig: eerstens, om huidige navorsingmateriaal oor die teorie van ruimte aan te wend ten einde 'n eie teoretiese benadering te ontwikkel; tweedens, om te bepaal of die gebruik van hierdie teorie nuwe lig kan werp op die interpretasie van Genesis 2:4-3:24. Die hipotese van hierdie studie is dat 'n ondersoek na die funksie van ruimte as 'n literÍre konsep nuwe perspektiewe op die interpretasie van Genesis 2:4-3:24 sal open. Die fundamentele voorveronderstelling is dat die perikoop 'n volledige narratiewe eenheid vorm waarin elke sin 'n definitiewe rol in die narratief speel. Insigte van die narratiewe- en sosiaal-wetenskaplike benaderings, sowel as filosofiese en argeologiese kennis word in kombinasie gebruik om 'n spesifieke narratiewe teorie te ontwikkel en te definieer. Die teorie word dan op die teks toegepas deur die konsep van ruimte en die funksionering daarvan op verskillende vlakke van die teks te analiseer. Die studie toon aan dat die narratief in Genesis 2:4-3:24 nie die resultaat van 'n literÍre potpourri van bronne is nie, maar juis van literÍre uitnemendheid. Voorts word aangedui dat die konsep van ruimte soos in die teks vergestalt 'n beduidende invloed op latere tekste en gemeenskappe gehad het. As 'n uitdrukking van narratiewe kuns moet die invloed van hierdie baie bekende teks nie onderskat word nie.

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Please cite as follows:

Hohls, MG 2009, And God walked in Eden : the role of space in the interpretation of Genesis 2-3, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-09292010-195025/ >

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