John J. Collins

in The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199204540
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article surveys the outline, form, and content of the Book of Daniel. The Book of Daniel is found among the Writings in the Hebrew Bible, but appears as fourth among the Major Prophets in the Greek Bible. Daniel is traditionally grouped among the Prophets in Christian Bibles. The differing placements point already to different assessments of the genre and character of the book. Canonical placement is not, however, the only anomaly in the Book of Daniel. The form of the book found in the Hebrew Bible is bilingual: articles 1:1–2:4a and 8–12 are in Hebrew, but from article 2:4b to the end of article 6 is in Aramaic.

Keywords: Book of Daniel; Hebrew Bible; Greek Bible; canonical placement

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Christianity

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