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How do we classify The Book of Daniel?

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myjoy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM via web

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How do we classify The Book of Daniel?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM (Answer #1)

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The Book of Daniel is actually a bit of a mix of different genres or styles of writing, as it consists of a series of stories about how God brings honour to himself through Daniel and his three friends in Babylon, followed by four apocalyptic visions about future kingdoms and God's final kingdom. Thus it is not entirely accurate to categorise this book as just being apocalyptic. Whilst the second half of this book (Chapters 7-12) undoubtedly are a fine example of Jewish apocalyptic literature, the first half of the book contains a series of narratives surrouding Daniel and his friends and examine how God's people should live in exile. The focus of this book is on God's sovereignty over all the nations and his care for his people (the Jews) in exile and God's final victory over human evil.

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