In this collection of new essays, more than thirty leading scholars from Europe, North America and Israel examine the Composition and Reception of Daniel in eight sections: "Review of Scholarship and Context (J.J. Collins, M. Knibb); "Near Eastern Milieu (K. van der Toorn, S. Paul, J. Walton); "Interpretation of Specific Passages (D. Dimant, R. Kratz, A. Lacocque, E. Haag, J.-W. van Henten); "Social Setting (R. Albertz, S. Beyerle, L. Grabbe, P. Davies, D. Smith-Christopher); "Literary Context, including Qumran (J.-W. Wesselius, G. Boccaccini, P.W. Flint, L. Stuckenbruck, E. Eshel, J. Hobbins); "Reception in Judaism and Christianity (K. Koch, C. Rowland, U. Gle_mer, C.A. Evans, J.D.G. Dunn, M. Henze); "Textual History (E. Ulrich, A.A. Di Lella, K. Jenner) and "Theology of Daniel (J. Goldingay, J. Barton, J. Lust). This is the second volume to appear (following "Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah. Studies of an Interpretative Tradition) in the collection "The Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature, part of the series "Supplements to Vetus Testamentum. Further volumes in preparation on the composition and reception of Old Testament books include Genesis, Leviticus, Kings, Psalms, and Proverbs. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.
The Book of Daniel was written as resistance literature, to strengthen and console loyal Jews of the second century BC who had to endure religious, economic and social oppression at the hands of Antiochus I. This text has been prepared with a full commentary.
International experts offer fresh insights into: (1) Review of Scholarship and Context; (2) Near Eastern Milieu; (3) Interpretation of Specific Passages; (4) Social Setting; (5) Literary Context, Including Qumran; (6) Reception in Judaism and Christianity; (7) Textual History; and (8) Theology of Daniel.
The most comprehensive English-language commentary on Daniel in 65 years. Collins situates the Old Testament in its historical context and offers a full explanation of the text, especially its religious imagery.
The book of Daniel exerted a strong influence despite its brevity and late composition. Old Jewish commentators read it as the future God planned for Israel. Modern Bible scholars trace the birth of Apocalyptic literature to its chapters. The commentary of Saadia Gaon is the first serious example of rabbinical reading and displays the multidimensional role of the Book of Daniel. In Rabbi Saadia’s commentary a new style in commenting the Bible emerges. Philological consideration and historical inquiry replace the story-telling type or midrashic exegesis. The commentary is also a testimony of the vital role the Middle East played in forging today’s Judaism.