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Daniel

Author: Ernest Lucas
Publisher: Leicester, England : Apollos ; Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2002.
Series: Apollos Old Testament commentary.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In many ways, the Old Testament book of Daniel is an enigma. It consists of two different kinds of material: stories about Judean exiles working in the court of pagan kings (chapters 1-6) and accounts of visions experienced by one of these exiles (chapters 7-12). It is written in two languages, Hebrew and Aramaic, and the language division does not match the subject division. Whether the book's affinities lie more
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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest Lucas
ISBN: 0851117805 9780851117805 0830825193 9780830825196
OCLC Number: 49991354
Description: 359 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Texts and versions --
The Hebrew and Aramaic text --
The Greek versions --
Other versions --
Text-critical guidelines --
2. Translation --
3. Interpreting Daniel 1-6 --
Types of literature and interpretation --
Understanding stories --
Learning from stories --
4. Interpreting Daniel's visions --
Visions and dreams --
Daniel 7-8 and symbolic visions --
The form of Daniel 9; 10-12 --
5. The historical context of the book of Daniel --
dates relevant to understanding the book of Daniel Text and commentary --
Epilogue --
1. Date --
Historical inaccuracies --
Linguistic arguments --
Daniel and predictive prophecy --
Daniel: prophecy or apocalypse? --
Daniel and the Hebrew canon --
Conclusion --
2. Composition and authorship --
3. A theological epilogue Appendix: The additions to Daniel --
1. The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men --
2. Bel and the Serpent --
3. Susanna.
Series Title: Apollos Old Testament commentary.
Responsibility: Ernest Lucas.

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In many ways, the Old Testament book of Daniel is an enigma. It consists of two different kinds of material: stories about Judean exiles working in the court of pagan kings (chapters 1-6) and accounts of visions experienced by one of these exiles (chapters 7-12). It is written in two languages, Hebrew and Aramaic, and the language division does not match the subject division. Whether the book's affinities lie more with the Hebrew prophets or with later Jewish apocalypses is debated, as are its affinities with the wisdom traditions of both Israel and Babylon.

Ernest Lucas postpones much of the discussion of such issues to an Epilogue, and invites the reader to an investigation of the meaning of the text in the form in which we now have it. He identifies the central theme of the book as the sovereignty of the God of Israel. With even-handedness and clarity, he demonstrates that, for preachers and teachers, there is much in Daniel that is fairly readily understandable and applicable, and that there are also theological depths that are rewarding for those willing to plumb them and wrestle with the issues they raise.

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