The Land and the Book

Biblical Studies and Imaginative Geographies of Palestine


  • Keith W. Whitelam University of Sheffield



Imaginative Geography, travel literature


The paper explores the ways in which the Bible has been used by European travellers and biblical scholars to construct imaginative geographies of Palestine. It is important to understand how these spatial stories work, and their continuing influence, by examining their representations and images of space that have such a profound and continuing hold on popular and scholarly understandings of Palestine. Failure to explore the critical relationship between the Land and the Book (geography and reading) runs the risk that received scholarship becomes an object of veneration or an instrument of oppression.

Author Biography

Keith W. Whitelam, University of Sheffield

Professor of Biblical Studies, Department of Biblical Studies


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How to Cite

Whitelam, K. W. (2010). The Land and the Book: Biblical Studies and Imaginative Geographies of Palestine. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 4(1), 71–84.