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The function of Daniel 1 in a second century BCE historical context

HJM (Hans) van Deventer
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 7, No 2 | a239 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v7i2.239 | © 2011 HJM (Hans) van Deventer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 March 2016 | Published: 31 December 2011

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HJM (Hans) van Deventer, Theology, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University (Vaal), South Africa

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In the first chapter, the book of Daniel begins with an introduction of the main characters, and a short story about refraining from defilement by eating foreign food. From a literary perspective that focuses on form and content it is clear that this chapter was written as an introduction. This contribution reconsiders what earlier form of the book (Daniel 2-7 or Daniel 2-12) it was meant to introduce. In an attempt to alter scholarly opinion as regards the redaction history of the book of Daniel, the function of this chapter is determined against a second century BCE context.

Keywords: Old Testament, Daniel, historical context

Disciplines: History, Biblical Studies, Literary Studies


Old Testament; Daniel; historical context


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