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Bibil Identifier bibil:221074
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Textualizing Divination: The Writing on the Wall in Daniel 5:25
Author Broida, Marian
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 62, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 1-13 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The inscription in Dan 5:25 shares features with Mesopotamian divination as well as with later pesharim and rabbinic haggadic exegesis. In the inscription and its interpretation, the authors of Dan 5 applied mantic techniques to a sacred text—in this case, the writing on the wall “sent by God”—for the first time in the Bible. The story portrays not only Daniel, but Daniel’s God, as prevailing over competitors through the appropriation and mastery of Mesopotamian techniques of mantic writing. Dan 5 appears to bridge an important divide between pre-exilic and post-exilic modes of divination in the biblical text, enlarging the “genre” of biblical intermediary texts to include the interpretation of sacred writing.
DOI 10.1163/156853311X613746
Pericopes Daniel 5,25
Terms מְנָא מנא מנה
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