The Human and the Divine in History: Herodotus and the Book of Daniel

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A&C Black, Jun 22, 2004 - Religion - 143 pages
The Human and the Divine in History investigates the possibility that the author of Daniel knew and drew upon the Histories of Herodotus. Daniel uses and develops Herodotean concepts such as the succession of world empires, dynastic dreams, and the focus on both human and divine cauration in explaining historical events. A comparative reading of these two texts illuminates Daniel's theology of history, showing it to be neither as exclusively eschatological nor as sectarian as is often supposed. Rather, it is specifically the end of exile—understood as foreign domination—that Daniel envisions for the entire Jewish people.
 

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Contents

Chapter 2 DANIEL AND CLASSICAL STUDIES
26
Chapter 3 THE HUMAN IN HISTORY
52
Chapter 4 THE DIVINE IN HISTORY
83
Chapter 5 DANIELS THEOLOGY OF HISTORY
104
THE TEXT OF DANIEL 112B
126

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About the author (2004)

Paul Niskanen is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.