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Essay 1: Narrative and Apocalyptic PassagePresented to Professor Jeffery DicksonLiberty UniversityIn Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for BIBL 450-D01Daniel - RevelationsbyStacy GhereMarch 30, 2020
IntroductionThe Old Testament book of Daniel is one that contains multiple directives, inspirations, and warnings. Although the book of Daniel has spurned great criticisms surrounding its authenticity of date and authorship, this great literary work has withheld its place in both the Jewish and Protestant canons. The accounts found in the book of Daniel are written in two literary forms. Chapters 1-6 “comprise six stories centered around the figure Daniel and his friends” while chapters 7-12 “consist of four apocalyptic visions attributed to the same figure”. 1Narrative PassageThe narratives found in the first six chapters of the book of Daniel document the journey of Daniel and his three friends during the time of the 6thcentury B.C. It was at this time that Jerusalem was besieged, at which point they were taken into Babylon captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar “instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and who they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans” (Dan. 1:3-4)2. Based on this criteria, it is believed that “these teenage boys were from families of high social standing”.3It is in this firstchapter that unprecedented faith and loyalty towards God can be seen within Daniel and his friends, which carries on throughout the text. 1 Holm, Tawny L. Of Courtiers and Kings: The Biblical Daniel Narratives and Ancient Story-Collections. Winona Lake: Pennsylvania State University Press.2012. P. 1842 Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New King James Version (Thomas Nelson, 1982)3 Miller, Stephen, R., New American Commentary Vol 18: Daniel. B&H Publishing Group. 2012. P. 1
These young captive sons of Judah were placed into a three-year training program to prepare them for their future positions. The Hebrew names that these four were originally given were foretold declarations of mercy, grace, and favor over them, evidenced through the documented accounts found throughout the text. Their Jewish names and meanings were as

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