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Woordspel en magspel in Daniël 2

H.J.M. van Deventer
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 37, No 3 | a476 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v37i3.476 | © 2003 H.J.M. van Deventer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 August 2003 | Published: 02 August 2003

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H.J.M. van Deventer, Vakgroep Teologie, Skool vir Basiese Wetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, Vaaldriehoekkampus, South Africa

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Word-play and power-play in Daniel 2

This article investigates how word-play identified in the dialogue between the king and the wise counsellors in Daniel 2:2-12 contributes to the establishing of meaning in the narrative. After a broad description of issues related to the world “behind” the text, the article focuses on text-immanent aspects, as well as aspects related to an active reader of the text. It is indicated how wordplay creates polarisation among characters in the text as well as resolves the tension by introducing a Wholly Other and a different way of assessing such polarity.


Daniel 2; Text Immanent Exegesis; Wordplay In The Bible


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