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Bibil Identifier bibil:225198
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Of Gates in the Ground and Castles in the Air: A Case of Biblical Unreal Estate
Author Sulzbach, Carla
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 26, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 266-288 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The latter part of Psalm 24 describes the personified gates of Jerusalem as raising themselves up in order to allow the King of Glory to enter. This, in addition to the rest of the strong mythical overtones of the psalm, creates an image of architecture coming alive to join in the celebratory entry of the divine ruler.

There are numerous, but no definitive, suggestions as to the identity of who or what is supposed to be entering the gates and under what circum-stances as well as how the raising gates are to be understood. In this essay it is argued that the psalm only supplies half the data and that it forms the optimis-tic complementary ending to the anguished cry of despair of Lam 2,8–9. Ap-plying critical spatial analysis to these two texts, in addition to other support-ing material, will not only show that one is a response to the other, but may also provide a more secure dating for the psalm and its social setting as well as a clearer understanding of the specific metaphor of personified architecture.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2012.730207
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Architecture
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Jerusalem
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Lamentation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Hope
Pericopes Psalms 24
Lamentations 2,8-2,9
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