The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception - Vol. 2

The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception - Vol. 2

The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception - Vol. 2

The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception - Vol. 2


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. Gleamer, 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: Composition and Reception contains thirtytwo essays on a wide range of topics in eight sections: (a) General Topics; (b) Daniel in Its Near Eastern Milieu; (c) Issues in Interpretation of Specific Passages; (d) Social Setting; (e) Literary Context, including Qumran; (f) Reception in Judaism and Christianity; (g) Textual History; and (h) the Theology of Daniel. the contributors were invited with a view to representing the spectrum of opinion in the current interpretation of the Book of Daniel, over a wide range of subjects. Only one of the essays has been published before: Johan Lust's “Cult and Sacrifice in Daniel. the Tamid and the Abomination of Desolation,” which appeared in J. Quaegebeur (ed.), Ritual and Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 55; Leuven: Peeters, 1993) 283–99.

Because of the length and size of the book, the first fourteen essays appeared in the first volume, and the remaining eighteen are now published in this, the second, volume. the work concludes with a cumulative bibliography on Daniel, in two parts, plus five indices.

The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception is the second book in the series “The Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature” (FIOTL), the purpose of which is to examine and explore the prehistory, contents, and themes of the books of the Old Testament, as well as their reception and interpretation in later Jewish and Christian literature. the first book to appear in the series was Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah: Studies in an Interpretive Tradition, eds. Craig C. Broyles and Craig A. Evans (FIOTL 1.1–2 and VTSup 70.1–2, 1997).

The editors extend thanks to four distinct groups of people. First, to all the contributors for meeting various deadlines and working hard and harmoniously to render the editing process smooth and effective. Second, to several graduate assistants at Trinity Western University whose dedication, research, and computer skills have proved indispensable. Special thanks are due to Cameron Van Epps, for managing this project well and being closely involved with all aspects of the book from its inception. We are also grateful to Jennifer Shepherd for preparing the abbreviation lists in both volumes, and to Christopher Davis, Ian Spaa, and Jennifer Shepherd for preparing the indices . . .

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