The Book of Daniel
The Book of Daniel was compiled in the second century B.C.; as we have it, it is written partly in Hebrew and partly in Aramaic. The first part contains stories about Daniel, a Jewish exile in the Babylonian captivity, and his companions. The later chapters consist of an account of visions granted by God to Daniel. Canon Hammer's commentary shows that the book carries a message of hope to those who live in the faith. This volume contains an introduction dealing with the background and content of the book, following the pattern set by other commentaries in the series. A section-by-section presentation of the New English Bible text with commentary follows.
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What kind of book is it?
Daniel the man
The date of the book
The puzzle of the language
Additions to the book of Daniel
The background history
The religious and theological significance of Daniel
Jews at the court of Nebuchadnezzar
angel Antiochus Epiphanes Antiochus IV Epiphanes Aram Aramaic Assyria Babylon Babylonian beasts Belshazzar blazing furnace book of Daniel bronze Chaldaeans chapter covenant Cyrus Darius Darius the Mede death decree described desolation Deut divine dream earth Egypt Empire eunuchs exile exorcists Ezek Ezekiel faith four God's Greek heaven heavenly Hebrew high priest holy horn human indicate interpretation iron Israel Jehoiakim Jeremiah Jerusalem Jewish Jews judgement King Nebuchadnezzar king's kingdom language lions live Lord Macc Maccabees magicians majesty Marduk Medes Meshach and Abed-nego N.E.B. translation Nabonidus Nebuchadnezzar Old Testament Palestine period persecution Persian prayer presence prince prob prophecy prophets Ptolemy Qumran reference reign revelation royal rulers satraps second century B.C. secret seen Seleucid Seleucus Septuagint Shadrach sovereignty speaks story suggests symbols tell temple throne tree verse vision whilst wisdom wise word translated worship writer Yahweh