The Importance Of Space In The City Of Jerusalem

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The city of Jerusalem is a religious and holy space to many who live there or simply visit, but what about Jerusalem makes religious or holy in the first place? There are buildings with an empty meaning until it is labeled, buildings with an unacknowledged history that can or cannot be proven, and people confused with their purpose in life. Jerusalem has carried many of these characterizations and factors and yet no one truly understood how the religious and holy space was formed in the city. Space remains a mystery that goes beyond the complex unit of measurement and a simple physical area because it can change over time. Fortunately, Tweed suggests three aspects regarding space: it is differentiated, kinetic, and interrelated. The bible successfully …show more content…
2 Samuel 7 shows God requesting a house from David and asks for David’s future son to build it in exchange for making his future son king: “...I will raise up your offspring after you...and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever” (2 Samuel 7:12-13). The agreement made between David and God, during David’s reign, presents a differentiated aspect compared to Saul’s reign and God’s full endorsement towards David being king. Due to the agreement, there is also a kinetic aspect in this situation because the house that is being built for God plays a role as the bloodline of King David. The promise to David, that there is an heir, creates his dynasty and his future lineage. The divine adoption that God puts forth as foreseeing the future not only affects David but affects his people making it interrelated; the people have no idea there will be an heir but once it is evident that it was God’s choice in Solomon, David’s future child, reigning then there is a stronger belief in God by the people as well. The people must trust in God’s choice that he wanted David to have a son to continue his bloodline whether people favored David as king, or not. This plays as a political symbol that is placed on the future temple with political sentiments because the fate of the Davidic line and fate of the temple links politics and religion. This drastically develops Jerusalem as a holy and religious place by tying natural and cultural ideals by the people, with the new political and religious factors God set forth, as a whole. At this point, history is now intertwined because the future temple is part of the “royal house.” It is also interrelated in the sense people would possibly question the text regarding why we need a God, therefore, the bible shows how necessary God is for

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