The Book of Daniel and the Apocryphal Daniel Literature

The Book of Daniel and the Apocryphal Daniel Literature

The Book of Daniel and the Apocryphal Daniel Literature

The Book of Daniel and the Apocryphal Daniel Literature

Synopsis

This volume illuminates the full extent of the corpus of ancient and mediaeval apocryphal Daniel literature. It is the first study to examine the Daniel legenda, the apocryphal apocalypses, and the prognostica as discrete categories of texts and to evaluate their generic relationship to the biblical Book of Daniel. Special emphases include the identification of the texts and their manuscript evidence as well as the study of late antique and early mediaeval apocalyptic literature attributed to Daniel. This volume will be of particular interest to biblical scholars and to those who specialise in biblical apocrypha and pseudepigrapha.

Excerpt

The purpose of this volume is to illuminate the full extent of the ancient and mediaeval apocryphal Daniel literature, including the manuscript evidence, and to bring into focus certain issues fundamental to its three major types. The last such comprehensive survey, the entry on Daniel in J.P. Migne's Dictionnaire des Apocryphes, was published in 1858, and of course much has changed since then. This volume is also the first to examine the Daniel legenda, the apocryphal apocalypses, and the prognostica as discrete categories of texts and, significantly, to evaluate their generic relationship to the biblical Book of Daniel.

The study of apocryphal literature associated with or attributed to a specific biblical figure is fresh and vital, as is the study of the apocryphal and pseudepigrapha generally. This volume on the Daniel literature continues in the spirit of the investigation of the origins, purposes, and place of biblical apocrypha within the three Abrahamic traditions.

My views on the basic nature and purposes of the Daniel apocrypha, which underpin Chapters One and Five, were first aired in a 2003 lecture delivered during my tenure as NEH Research Fellow at the Center for Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University and in a 2003 paper presented at a conference at the Claremont Graduate University. Several minor sections in Chapters Two and Three reflect material discussed in my forthcoming article, "4Q Pseudo-Daniela–b (4Q243–Q244) and the Book of Daniel," Dead Sea Discoveries. An abbreviated synopsis of a portion of the material in Chapter Three, §§2, 3, and 5, will surface in the published version of a paper I delivered at a 2004 conference on "Apocalyptic Themes in Early Christianity," which was the theme of the First Annual Pappas Patristic Institute Conference at the Holy Cross School of Theology. Portions of Chapter Four, §§2 and 3, appear in a very different form in an article, "Greek, Latin, and Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library of the Mediaeval Prognostica Somniale Danielis and Lunationes Danielis," Manuscripta 47/48 (2003–2004), 1–42. Finally, the Inventory of Chapter Six is based on—but radically augments in both content and scope—the information contained in the section . . .

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