Mis-Placed Bodies: The Interpenetration of Body and Place in Jeremiah

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    To be human is to be embodied, and to be embodied is to be emplaced. The experience of being embodied and the experience of being emplaced are inseparable – to be is to be in place. Within the book of Jeremiah, there is an interpenetration of body and place that blurs the boundaries between human, city and land. The prophetic body is fortified (1:18-19) and the fortified city is embodied. The land calls out in groaning and lament. Drawing on insights from cultural geography and trauma theory, this paper seeks to explore the power of mis-placed bodies for a community whose place of knowing and meaning making has been decimated and destroyed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)48-59
    Number of pages12
    JournalAustralian Biblical Review
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Hebrew Bible
    • Trauma theory
    • Exile
    • Jeremiah
    • Emplacement


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