Robert Carroll and Stephen Prickett

in The Bible: Authorized King James Version

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780192835253
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford World's Classics


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The English Bible follows the Greek ordering by placing Daniel among the prophets rather than among the Writings, as in the Hebrew Bible. Such variations can affect interpretation. Instead of being a sage and a visionary, Daniel is joined to the ‘goodly fellowship of the prophets’ and becomes, therefore, more important in Christian traditions than in Jewish. Of the three books which follow the Book of Ezekiel in the Greek Bible—Susanna, Daniel, and Bel and the Dragon—only Daniel is included among the prophets; the other two books appear in the Apocrypha. In the Hebrew Bible the Book of Daniel, like the Book of Ezra, is written in two languages: Hebrew (1, 8–12) and Aramaic (2: 4–7: 28). The book is set among the Jews deported to Babylon in the time of King Nebuchadnezzar (1: 1–2), and should be read in conjunction with Ezekiel (cf. Ezek. 1: 1–2). Modern biblical scholarship, however, dates the book from the time of the Maccabean resistance to the Greek tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes in the second century (c. 168–165 bce; cf. Dan. 11).

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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