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Bibil Identifier bibil:203620
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Languages of Identity and Obligation: Daniel as Bilingual Book
Author Portier-Young, Anathea E.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 98-115 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Sociolinguistics provides a theoretical framework for viewing the bilingualism of the book of Daniel as a deliberate rhetorical strategy. The author(s) of Daniel began their discourse in Hebrew, switched to Aramaic, and concluded in Hebrew to move its audience to a recognition of a new context in which the claims of empire had dissolved and claims of covenant alone remained. In so doing, the author(s) invited the audience to find their place within the world of the visions, forsaking a stance of collaboration with the reigning Seleucid empire in order to adopt a posture of resistance rooted in covenant.
DOI 10.1163/004249310X12585232748109
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Daniel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Ancient Aramaic : Biblical Aramaic
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