Book Of Daniel And The Apocryphal Daniel Literature (Studia by Lorenzo DiTommaso

By Lorenzo DiTommaso

This quantity illuminates the complete volume of the corpus of historic and mediaeval apocryphal Daniel literature. it's the first examine to check the Daniel legenda, the apocryphal apocalypses, and the prognostica as discrete different types of texts and to judge their usual courting to the biblical booklet of Daniel. detailed emphases contain the identity of the texts and their manuscript facts in addition to the learn of past due old and early mediaeval apocalyptic literature attributed to Daniel. This quantity can be of specific curiosity to biblical students and to people who focus on biblical apocrypha and pseudepigrapha.

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44 It is also noteworthy that, with the exception of the genre “testament,” most of the apocryphal literature composed in these other genres is not especially concerned with revelatory information about the future. the apocryphal daniel literature 15 ryphal Daniel literature; and ii) to identify and address the issues fundamental to its three major types: the legenda, the apocryphal apocalyptic material, and the prognostica. Although previous scholarship has addressed specific texts or discrete portions of the Daniel apocrypha, the present study represents the first attempt to identify and evaluate the complete body of texts and to clarify the state of their manuscript evidence.

There are even tales that revolve around other figures from the Book of Daniel, such as Nebuchadnezzar, the three youths from the fiery furnace, and Susanna. In short, the realia of the manuscript evidence suggests that, with the sole exception of Adam,39 no other figure from the Hebrew Bible had attributed to or associated with it more ancient and mediaeval apocryphal literature. Despite the existence of so much and such diverse apocryphal Daniel literature, all of it may be classified by means of only three 38 On the subject of Ethiopic texts, see the short note on BL cod.

As a result, our interest in the textual situation of both compositions is largely limited to the exploration of the full scope of their manuscript evidence, the result of which is reported in the Inventory of Chapter Six. My principal interest in the Somniale and the Lunationes in Chapter Four is their relationship with the biblical Book of Daniel, which, I argue, centers on the figure of Daniel and the ways it was understood in the post-biblical world. The situation is slightly different for the Praedictiones Danielis and the Daniel prognostica from the East, which have been comparatively understudied to the point that it is clear to me that no one understands the full extent of the corpus.

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