Cosmic Battle and Political Conflict: Studies in Verbal Syntax and Contextual Interpretation of Daniel 8

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Holger Gzella
Gregorian Biblical BookShop, 2003 - Religion - 187 pages
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This study offers a fresh appreciation of the various literary elements and genres that constitute Daniel 8 as a whole, namely the narrative frame, the vision report itself as well as its application to Jewish history under Antiochus IV. While situating the message of this chapter within the Book of Daniel, it also shows the importance of the Ancient Near Eastern context for the understanding of biblical imagery. In that perspective the work gives a thorough treatment of the syntax of Hebrew verbs and other philological matters that have a special bearing on biblical interpretation. This book includes the full Hebrew text of Daniel 8, with a translation on facing pages, followed by textual-critical observations and an extensive review of the principal ancient versions of Daniel 8, focusing on their individual linguistic character and style as well as their relationship to the Hebrew version. Thus, while opening up new paths in biblical hermeneutics, this discussion sheds new light on methods of translation and interpretation in antiquity.? This monograph makes one of the most challenging biblical texts more accessible to serious students of the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near Eastern languages in general.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
A First Thought
4
2 Daniel 8 in the Context of the Book of Daniel
6
3 The Language of Daniel 8
10
THE TEXT OF DANIEL 8
18
1 A Reading Text and Translation of Daniel 8
20
2 Textual Commentary
26
3 The Textual History
48
3 The Effect of the Vision 827
75
THE BATTLE NARRATIVE
79
1 The Hermeneutical Perspective
80
2 Literary Analysis
83
3 A Metaphorical Reading
126
THE COMMENTARY SECTION
142
2 The Application of the Vision 81526
146
CONCLUSION
156

4 The Principal Ancient Versions of Daniel 8
51
THE VISIONARY FRAME
63
2 The Significance of Time and Place 812
67
BIBLIOGRAPHY
158
INDEX OF AUTHORS
183
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