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Parabola II, De Conflictu Duorum Regum

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Parabola II is set in two scenarios: the first implies Jerusalem, Babylon, and the battlefield between them, the second the besieged castle of Justice and the new Jerusalem. The parable is launched on a note of generality constituting the basic enmity between Babylon and Jerusalem. Against this ontological foil, the narrative unrolls as a case history, the particularity of which is indicated by the shift in the sixth line from the present tense, which states the basic belligerent situation of all times, to the past tense in the narration of this specific incident. This parable seems to be more attentive to liminal zones and points of transition than both Parabola I and Parabola III, and in the discussion this chapter considers more thoroughly the question of gaps and boundaries of the spiritual topography.

Keywords: Babylon; Jerusalem; Parabola II; Parabola III; spiritual topography



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