HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
DE BRUYN, J. Jacobus. A clash of gods - Conceptualising space in Daniel 1. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2014, vol.70, n.3, pp. 01-06. ISSN 2072-8050.
Applying cognitive linguistics to the text of Daniel 1 is a useful exegetical aid for a better understanding of the narrative. Studying the author's use of 'spatial markers' such as 'Jerusalem', 'Babylon', 'temple' and some other spatial features, makes it possible to reconstruct the narrative into a 'cognitive spatial frameset'. In this particular exegetical frameset, Daniel 1 can be described as a narrated confrontation between Yahweh and the gods of Babylon. Within this conflict between deities, Daniel, the divine agent becomes a spatial embodiment of Yahweh's power and authority to act inside a hostile, non-Israelite environment and at the same time undermines the authority of the Babylonian gods.