The Book of Daniel 11-26-07

The Book of Daniel 11-26-07 - The Book of Daniel I....

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The Book of Daniel I. Introduction a. Overview i. Story of Daniel and 3 Jewish companions- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. ii. Starts in Jewish courts iii. Ends in futuristic visions b. Place in Canon i. English: Included among major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel 1. People understood Daniel was prophesying about future ii. Hebrew: Included among Kethuviim “The Writings” 1. Written late, after collection of prophets already made for Hebrew Bible c. Narrative Context i. Presupposes that the events take place in the 6 th c. BCE in Babylon and Persia. ii. Daniel taken into captivity under Nebuchudnezzar d. Actual Context i. Scholars believe the author of the book lived centuries after said events, pretending to be Daniel. ii. No record of Daniel apart from Bible. iii. Mid- 2 nd c. BCE, stories floating around in the Diaspora iv. Judea becomes name of area formerly known as Judah. e. Languages i. Some written in Hebrew ii. 1. promoted by Persian empire 2. texts in Aramaic after 6 th c. BCE II. Daniel’s Adventures in Babylon (chs. 1-6) a. Highlights i. Life in Captivity (ch.1) 1. food and keeping to Jewish kosher laws ii. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (ch.2) 1. wants Daniel to tell him his dream and the interpretation 2. succession of kingdoms decreasing in power after Babylon iii. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the Fiery Furnace (ch.3)
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course RELI 103 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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