Walter Brueggemann writes,
“A sense of place is to be sharply distinguished from a sense of space.. “Space” means an arena of freedom, without coercion or accountability, free of pressures and void of authority. But “place” is a very different matter. Place is space which has historical meanings, where some things have happened which are now remembered and which provide continuity and identity across generations. Place is space in which important words have been spoken which have established identity, defined vocation, and envisioned destiny. Place is space in which vows have been made, and demands have been issued. Place is indeed a protest against the unpromising pursuit of space. It is a declaration that our humanness cannot be found in escape, detachment, absence of commitment and undefined freedom.
“Whereas pursuit of space may be a flight from history, a yearning for place is a decision to enter history with an identifiable people in an identifiable pilgrimage…
“Biblical faith is surely about the life of a people with God, as has been shown by all the current and recent emphases on covenant in an historical place… It will no longer do to talk about Yahweh and his people but we must speak about Yahweh and his people and his land.”
The Land, 5-6. Part I