The Madness of King Nebuchadnezzar: The Ancient Near Eastern Origins and Early History of Interpretation of Daniel 4

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BRILL, 1999 - Religion - 295 pages
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In the mythic lore of the Ancient Near East, the trope of animalization contains a wealth of interpretive potential. The account of Nebuchadnezzar's madness in Daniel 4, the most potent example of this mythic trope in the Hebrew Bible, has provoked much fanciful elaboration among early biblical interpreters. After a study of the many ancient variants of the ubiquitous tale, the book investigates the Ancient Near Eastern background of Nebuchadnezzar's transformation. The discussion then turns to the early reception of Daniel 4 in rabbinic Judaism, the Western Fathers and, most importantly, the Syriac tradition. A number of Syriac texts from the fourth century onward explicitly draw on the model of Nebuchadnezzar as the basis for a newly evolving ascetic discipline.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Babylonian Prehistory
51
Nebuchadnezzars
101
Conclusion and Epilogue
203
Daniel at Qumran
217
Daniel 4 in the MT and the Old Greek
244
Jacob of Serug 451521 A Homily
251
Bibliography
271
Indices
285
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About the author (1999)

Matthias Henze, Ph.D. (1997) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University.

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