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The Function of Place Naming in 2 Samuel 5-6: A Study in Collective Memory

Gilmour, Rachelle (2015) The Function of Place Naming in 2 Samuel 5-6: A Study in Collective Memory. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 39 (4). pp. 405-431. ISSN 0309-0892

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This article examines the function of place naming narratives in 2 Samuel 5–6 in light of collective memory theory. It investigates the interaction between the physical landscape and the text in Israel's memory of the consolidation of David's kingdom. Firstly, the function of the narratives as a ‘site of memory’ in the text is analysed. Place namings capture memories by using a concrete image to convey the abstract meaning of the surrounding text. Secondly, the site of memory in the text is a means of rehearsal for the site of memory in the physical landscape around Jerusalem, and vice versa. Finally, the place namings are written according to a ‘template’, which connects their meaning with other memories in Ancient Israel.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Place names, collective memory, Book of Samuel, King David, Ark of the Covenant, Jerusalem, Philistines, aetiology, etymology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 05:40
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 05:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3632

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