Ya'akov Dolgopolsky-Geva


Bible Department

Subject: "And They Shall Know the Land": The Relevance of Geographical Information for the Location of Composition in Selected Biblical Texts

Supervisor: Dr. Nili Wazana


My aim is to develop a method for using items of spatial knowledge, found in Biblical historiographic texts, to discover the geographic background of their authors: how familiar were they with different regions mentioned in their texts?

Out of cognitive geography field researches and through analysis of study cases – authors whose geographic background is known – I'm learning how indicative of familiarity different types of spatial knowledge items actually are, and carefully constructing spatial familiarity profiles for different Biblical authors: Which regions did they know well? Of which did they narrate despite knowing very little of? And eventually: Where did they – the authors themselves – live?


Presidential Stipend 2013/14