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Daniel 6: There and back again – A deity’s tale

Joseph J. de Bruyn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2110 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2110 | © 2015 Joseph J. de Bruyn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 2013 | Published: 10 April 2015

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Joseph J. de Bruyn, Post-Doctoral Fellow: School of Ancient Languages and Text Studies, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

This article states that, with his narrative, the author of Daniel 6 creates the presence of Elohim outside Jerusalem and Israel, within non-Israelite environments. Applying a body-space frameset to the texts of Daniel 6 helps to read the text as a construction of concepts. With his narrative the author creates the presence of Elohim outside Jerusalem and Israel, within non-Israelite environments. Furthermore, a spatial frameset shows that the story of Daniel 6 can be read as a conclusion to a larger narrative that stretches from Daniel 1–6. In this narrative the author utilises spatial concepts such as the character of Daniel; the lion’s den; Jerusalem and King Darius, to establish the omnipresence of the God of Israel. In constructing this presence of-God reality the author conveys a message of hope and trust in the authority of the God of Israel. In this regard Daniel 6 is not just a story about the character Daniel being persecuted for his faith; rather it is a story about the God of Israel establishing his presence and his ability to act through and within space and time.

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