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Bernard of Clairvaux's Jerusalem has its position within a soteriological topography composed of a range of theologico-literary topoi cultivated within the longue duré e of biblical reception. It encompasses a vast number of seemingly incompatible sites such as the Garden of Eden, Babylon, the wilderness, regio dissimilitudinis, and the cubiculum of the king, to mention but a few. This topography is the setting of the quest of homo viator and the focus of this chapter. It addresses a constituent in Bernardine mapping of spiritual topography: the hermeneutics of cartography, textual representations of topography, the anthropology inherent in the topographical layouts, and topography as a mnemonic device in the most comprehensive and compound meaning of that term. The chapter analyses each of the eight Bernardine parables with specific regard to the topographical structure.

Keywords: Babylon; Bernard of Clairvaux; Bernardine parables; monastic topoi; soteriological topography



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