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Symbolic Houses in Judaism: How Objects and Metaphors Construct Hybrid Places of Belonging

Mimi Levy Lipis
Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub., c2011.
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How objects and metaphors construct hybrid places of belonging
Ashgate studies in architecture series
9781409421047 (hardback : alk. paper), 140942104X (hardback : alk. paper), 9781409421047 (ebook), 140942104X (ebook)
Investigating Jewish spatial practices by exploring the symbol of the house in Judaism, this book examines two groups of houses: ritual objects based on the iconology of the house (ritual houses) and house metaphors (the text, community and the covenant with god as house). This unique pairing is explored as place-making tools which exist in a constant state of tension between diaspora and belonging. Containing many photographs of historical and contemporary artefacts from Europe, Israel and the United States, this book maps out the intersection of architecture, Jewish studies, cultural and gender studies and opens up the discussion of distinctly Jewish objects and metaphors to discourses taking place outside explicitly Jewish contexts.
  • Introduction
  • Situating the house. Architectural foundations
  • influences from gender studies
  • Strategies of analysis
  • The ritual houses. The iconography of the house in ritual objects
  • The local
  • The land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the temple
  • The Hebrew Bible
  • God's presence
  • Hybrid spaces
  • The house as a metaphor. The book as house
  • The community as house
  • The covenant as house
  • Women, building, and God
  • Spaces and places in the Sukkah. Approaching the Sukkah
  • Textual constructions
  • Spatial manifestations
  • Of gardens and cities
  • Beyond architecture.
xvi, 246 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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