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DOI 10.12887/26-2013-4-104-09

Dobrosław KOT – The Places of Abraham

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The present article attempts a philosophical analysis of selected Old Testament metaphors related to place and space. The starting point is provided by the Biblical stories about the character of Abraham. Thus the main issue addressed by the essay is that of the actual ‘place’ in which Abraham’s encounter with God occurs, of whether it belongs to a physical space, or rather – to use a metaphor – happens in Abraham’s inner self? An analysis of selected extracts from the Bible reveals the complexity of the metaphor in question: indeed, the literal and metaphorical denotations of the phrases that evoke space (e.g. place, approach, distance) tend to harmonize. While Abraham’s encounters with other Biblical characters occur in particular places in the sense of physical space, they simultaneously belong to the space of metaphor: between ‘Here’ and ‘There’, there is a way ‘In-Between’ which is open to encounter. The article refers to the considerations on place, space and Biblical imagery found in the writings of E ich Auerbach, Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Levinas, thus making it possible to mentally grasp the ‘place of encounter’ which is the space of dialogue and remains unattainable by our everyday language.

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: space, place, way, encounter, dialogue, Bible, Here, There, In-Between

Contact: Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Economics and International Relations, Cracow University of Economics,
ul. Rakowicka 16,
31-510 Cracow, Poland
E-mail: dobrokot@interia.pl
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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887