9780226763613-0226763617-To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism)

To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism)

ISBN-13: 9780226763613
ISBN-10: 0226763617
Edition: Reprint
Author: Smith, Jonathan Z.
Publication date: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 202 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226763613
ISBN-10: 0226763617
Edition: Reprint
Author: Smith, Jonathan Z.
Publication date: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 202 pages

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Acknowledged authors Smith, Jonathan Z. wrote To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism) comprising 202 pages back in 1992. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0226763617 and 9780226763613. Since then To Take Place: Toward Theory in Ritual (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.51 or rent at the marketplace.

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In this broad-ranging inquiry into ritual and its relation to place, Jonathan Z. Smith prepares the way for a new approach to the comparative study of religion.

Smith stresses the importance of place—in particular, constructed ritual environments—to a proper understanding of the ways in which "empty" actions become rituals. He structures his argument around the territories of the Tjilpa aborigines in Australia and two sites in Jerusalem—the temple envisioned by Ezekiel and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The first of these locales—the focus of one of the more important contemporary theories of religious ritual—allows Smith to raise questions concerning the enterprise of comparison. His close examination of Eliade's influential interpretation of the Tjilpa tradition leads to a powerful critique of the approach to religion, myth, and ritual that begins with cosmology and the category of "The Sacred."

In substance and in method, To Take Place represents a significant advance toward a theory of ritual. It is of great value not only to historians of religion and students of ritual, but to all, whether social scientists or humanists, who are concerned with the nature of place.

"This book is extraordinarily stimulating in prompting one to think about the ways in which space, or place, is perceived, marked, and utilized religiously. . . . A provocative example of the application of humanistic geography to our understanding of what takes place in religion."—Dale Goldsmith, Interpretation

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