`` Space `` That Religious Spaces Are ``, `` Kinetic `` And `` Interrelated ``

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Tweed states in his article “Space” that religious spaces are “differentiated”, “kinetic” and “interrelated”. In other words, they are intangible locales, only sensorially experienced, that stand out in some ways, that are able to be shaped by the natural and cultural influences, and thus that are not perfectly sacred and detached from secular objects. Correspondingly in the Hebrew Bible, the city Jerusalem is indeed portrayed as such a special, changing and holy but also worldly religious space that God was present in the city and He unprecedentedly approved King David’s supplication of building a temple for Him, that it could still undergo a period of desolation given the high recognition and thus the prosperity it once owned, and that some cultural impacts from a certain locale could be found on the First Temple in the city. To begin with, the Bible illustrates that Jerusalem is a special space due to God’s residence in the city. Tweed argues that “differentiated” religious space is sensually experienced locales that are “more or less ‘special’, ‘singular’ or ‘set apart’” in that it can “orient daily life” (Tweed 2011:119). In that sense, Jerusalem in the Bible is differentiated, since God’s presence in the city indeed affected Israelites’ life. With the Ark of the Covenant in the city, people’s life in Jerusalem had been changed as they felt a sense of safety being in a center connecting heaven to earth, and thus being close to the deity; they could from then on…

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