SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.26 issue3The Significance of תורה (Isa 2:3) within Isaiah 2:1-5: The Relationship of the First Overture (1:1-2:5) to the Book's Conclusion (Isa 65-66)The Achan/Achor traditions: The parody of Saul as "Achan" in 1 Samuel 14:24-15:35 author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919


JORDAAN, Pierre J. A Clash of the deities in 2 Maccabees 1: 10b-17 in terms of space, body and narrative. Old testam. essays [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.3, pp.718-729. ISSN 2312-3621.

The text of 2 Macc 1:10b-17 has been approached in different ways during the past century. Recent developments within linguistic theory were applied to the text. These theories concern, inter alia, space, body and narratives within texts. All of this brought quite different insights for the traditional understanding of the text but for some reason the crucial aspect of space has been largely overlooked. Exploring different spaces in the text helps to highlight the war between the deities in their respective domains. In addition, the investigation of "head" in terms of body theory reveals that a blasphemous head was nearly always decapitated. Lastly, dominant and challenging narratives were constructed showing that Yahweh_is depicted as the conqueror with unlimited space.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License