Daniel: With an Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature by John Joseph Collins

By John Joseph Collins

Daniel, with an creation to Apocalyptic Literture is quantity XX of The kinds of the outdated testomony Literature, a chain that goals to offer a form-critical research of each publication and every unit within the Hebrew Bible. essentially exegetical, the FOTL volumes learn the constitution, style, environment, and purpose of the biblical literature in query. in addition they research the historical past in the back of the form-critical dialogue of the fabric, try and convey consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulation of the biblical literature, and reveal the exegetical method to be able to let scholars and pastors to have interaction of their personal research and interpretation of the previous testomony texts. In his advent to Jewish apocalyptic literature, John J. Collins examines the most features and discusses the environment and purpose of apocalyptic literature. Collins starts off his dialogue of Daniel with a survey of the book's anomalies and an exam of the bearing of shape feedback on them. He is going directly to speak about the book's position within the canon and the issues with its coherence and bilingualism. Collins's section-by-section observation offers a structural research (verse-by-verse) of every part, in addition to dialogue of its style, surroundings, and purpose. The publication contains bibliographies and a thesaurus of genres and formulation that provides concise definitions with examples and bibliography.

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Bibliography In addition to the contributions of Hartman, Hellholm, Hengel, and Vielhauer listed above, note J. J. Collins, "Jewish Apocalyptic against Its Hellenistic Near Eastern Environment," BASOR 220 (1975) 27-36; idem, "The Apocalyptic Technique: Setting and Function in the Book of the Watchers," CBQ 44 (1982) 91-111; H. Gese, "Anfang und Ende der Apokalyptik, dargestellt am Sacharjabuch," Theologie und Kirche 70 (1973) 20-49; P. D. Hanson, The Dawn of Apocalyptic (rev. ; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979); M.

W. Suter, "Mäsäl in the Similitudes of Enoch," JBL 100 (1981) 193-212; J. VanderKam, Enoch and the Growth of an Apocalyptic Tradition (CBQMS 16; Washington: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 1984). 11. SeTTINQ AND lNTeNTlON The question of the social setting of the apocalyptic genre is inevitably bound up with that of the dates and historical contexts of the actual texts. Any discussion of the setting of apocalyptic literature must take account of the fact that the historical situations of the texts are concealed by the device of pseudonymity.

C. Culley and T. W. Overholt; Chico: Scholars Press, 1982) 79-95. T H E BOOK O F D A N I E L presents a n u m b e r of anomalies which are familiar to every student of the Bible. First, Daniel was regarded as a prophet already in antiquity (Matt 24:15; J o s e p h u s Ant. 1 0 . 1 1 . 7 δ 266) and is classified with the M a j o r Prophets in the LXX. Yet in the Hebrew Bible it is found in the Writings, in the fourth place from the end (before Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles). Second, the extent of the canonical text is a matter of dispute, since the Greek translations include four passages which are not found in the Hebrew: the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men in ch.

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