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Daniel By Ernest Lucas

Daniel by Ernest Lucas

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Daniel by Ernest Lucas

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 (chapter 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 matchthe 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. Refreshingly, 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 which are rewarding for those willing to plumb them and wrestle with the issues they raise.

Table of Contents

Introduction Text and versions The Hebrew and Aramaic text The Greek versions Other versions Text-critical guidelines Translation Interpreting Daniel chapters 1-6 Types of literature and interpretation Understanding stories Learning from stories Interpreting Daniel's visions Visions and dreams Daniel chapters 7 and 8 and symbolic visions The form of Daniel 9 and 10-12 The historical context of the book of Daniel Dates relevant to understanding the book of Daniel Text and Commentary Epilogue The date of the book Historical inaccuracies Linguistic arguments Daniel and predictive prophecy Daniel-prophecy or apocalypse? Daniel and the Hebrew canon Conclusion The composition and authorship of the book A theological epilogue Appendix: The additions to Daniel The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men Bel and the Serpent Susanna

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Daniel by Ernest Lucas
SPCK Publishing
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