Kingdom, not Kingly Rule: Opening up the Space of the Kingdom of God In and Beyond Text

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Arguing that Gustaf Dalman’s definition of basileia as ‘kingly rule’ has severely limited possibilities for appreciation of the Kingdom as a space in biblical scholarship, this article interacts with critical theory in order to gain a deeper understanding of the spatial significance of the Kingdom of God. Rather than closing down meaning by limiting space to that which is physical and concrete, the discussion seeks to open up the meaning of the Kingdom as a space that is orienting and performative, yet also practical in its representation. Mark’s articulation of the Kingdom of God provides a starting point, and fruitful ground, for presenting a broader and more critically informed view of the (ancient and contemporary) significance of the Kingdom as a space-in-motion.


Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal for the Study of the New Testament
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jul 2013


  • Gospel of Mark, Gustaf Dalman, Kingdom of God, Spatial-Critical Theory, ‘spatial turn’, utopia