By Amy C. Merrill Willis
This research of the ebook of Daniel examines the ideology of divine and human rule in Daniel's ancient resumes or experiences present in chaps 2, 7, eight, nine, 10-12. It seeks to discover the troubles that inspire the resumes and the techniques the resumes use to solve cognitive and experiential dissonance. unfastened Ends argues that the resource of dissonance in Daniel stems no longer from failed prophecies (as has been generally argued), nor do the visions functionality as symbolic theodicies to deal with a contradiction among divine strength and divine goodness within the face evil. The examine proposes, as a substitute, that the historic resumes deal with profound contradictions touching on divine strength and presence within the face of Hellenistic/Seleucid rule. those contradictions succeed in a concern aspect in Daniel 8's depiction of the desecration of the temple (typically Daniel eight is obvious as a terrible copy of the effective imaginative and prescient of divine energy present in Daniel 7). This trouble of divine absence is addressed either in the imaginative and prescient of chap eight itself after which within the following visions of chaps nine, and 10-12, by using narrative (both mythological narrative and old narrative).
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149. Collins, Apocalyptic Vision, 117. 150. Those who recognize that the visions come from different hands include: H. L. Ginsberg, Studies in Daniel (New York: Jewish Publication Society, 1948); L. Hartman and A. DiLella, The Book of Daniel (AB 23; Garden City: Doubleday, 1978), 14, 230; Niditch, The Symbolic Vision, 224–26; B. Hasslberger, Hoffnung in der Bedrängnis: Eine formkritische Untersuchung zu Dan 8 and 10–12 (Münchener Universitätsschriften; St. , The Book of Daniel, 1:91–113. I do not necessarily accept the hypothetical reconstructions of multiple redactional insertions that characterize the thinking of much German scholarship, such as Kratz’s, but I do agree with the assertions that these come from different hands.
The apocalyptic ending is about ultimate endings—the end of the foreign monarch, foreign domination, and even history itself. ”139 In seeing the end to which the foreign monarch is brought, in seeing that subordination does end, mantic historiography reveals that the present experience is not ultimate and does not de¿ne the meaning of time. Thus, the experiences of subordination in the present are reweighted. Yet it would be a mistake to make the ending the only carrier of cognitive consonance in Daniel’s résumés.
E. marriage between Cleopatra and Ptolemy V. See further Ginsberg, Studies in Daniel, 8; Montgomery, Daniel, 96; Polak, “Aramaic Literary Milieu,” 263–64; Davies, “Daniel Chapter Two,” 397–98. Reinhard Kratz, Translatio Imperii: Untersuchungen zu den Aramaischen Danielerzahlungen und ihrem theologiegeschichtlichen Umfeld (Neukirchen–Vluyn: Neukirchener, 1991), 71–72, adopts the idea of the third-century redaction but understands the toes to be a Maccabean insertion. E. 16. Collins, Daniel, 35–37.
Dissonance and the Drama of Divine Sovereignty in the Book of Daniel by Amy C. Merrill Willis