By John Joseph Collins

Daniel, with an advent to Apocalyptic Literture is quantity XX of The varieties of the previous testomony Literature, a sequence that goals to provide a form-critical research of each booklet and every unit within the Hebrew Bible. essentially exegetical, the FOTL volumes research the constitution, style, surroundings, and goal of the biblical literature in query. in addition they learn the heritage in the back of the form-critical dialogue of the fabric, try to deliver consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulation of the biblical literature, and reveal the exegetical method in order to allow scholars and pastors to interact of their personal research and interpretation of the previous testomony texts. In his creation to Jewish apocalyptic literature, John J. Collins examines the most features and discusses the atmosphere and purpose of apocalyptic literature. Collins starts 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 talk about the book's position within the canon and the issues with its coherence and bilingualism. Collins's section-by-section statement offers a structural research (verse-by-verse) of every part, in addition to dialogue of its style, environment, and purpose. The publication comprises bibliographies and a thesaurus of genres and formulation that provides concise definitions with examples and bibliography.

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Vielhauer proposed that the apocalypses were written for the strengthening of conventicle communities, but in fact many apocalypses address a broader audience. Usually they offer consolation and exhortation in the face of some crisis (Hartman, Hellholm). , an apocalypse may support either militant revolution or quietism. The stance of a particular document varies with the tradition from which it comes (Wilson). The consolation and exhortation are sometimes made explicit in the parenetic sections, but usually they are conveyed indirectly, through the view of the world revealed in the apocalypse.

1 had Daniel continue only to Cyrus's first year (1:21). The supplementary vision in 12:5-13 is in the nature of an epilogue. The statement that "the words are shut up and sealed" (12:9) marks the conclusion not only of that unit but of the entire book. Despite the chronological progression in both the tales and the visions, the relation between the units is not simply sequential. Chapters 3 and 6 provide variations on a theme of miraculous deliverance. Chapters 4 and 5 illustrate the theme of pride and humiliation.

7 and 8 and in angelic discourses in chs. 9 and 10-12. The visions are also interpreted by an angel. The content of the revelation has a review of history, in the guise of prophecy and an eschatological crisis, in each unit. Daniel 12 explicitly speaks of the resurrection of the dead. The importance of the heavenly world is shown in the vision of the divine throne in ch. 7 and the roles of angels and holy ones in chs. 7, 8, and most explicitly in chs. 10-12. That Daniel combines a number of revelations, each of which could be regarded as an apocalypse in itself, is not unusual.

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