By Amy C. Merrill Willis
This examine of the e-book of Daniel examines the ideology of divine and human rule in Daniel's old resumes or studies present in chaps 2, 7, eight, nine, 10-12. It seeks to discover the troubles that inspire the resumes and the options the resumes use to unravel cognitive and experiential dissonance. free Ends argues that the resource of dissonance in Daniel stems now not from failed prophecies (as has been mostly argued), nor do the visions functionality as symbolic theodicies to handle a contradiction among divine energy and divine goodness within the face evil. The learn proposes, in its place, that the ancient resumes deal with profound contradictions pertaining to divine strength and presence within the face of Hellenistic/Seleucid rule. those contradictions achieve a difficulty element in Daniel 8's depiction of the desecration of the temple (typically Daniel eight is obvious as a terrible reproduction of the successful imaginative and prescient of divine strength present in Daniel 7). This main issue 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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The writing and redaction of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream will be discussed in further detail in Chapter 2. 1 22 Dissonance and the Drama of Divine Sovereignty court becomes a model for other Jews,98 Smith-Christopher argues that the experience was much more complex. 99 b. Divine Sovereignty and Its Theological Tensions For the scribal community, the conditions of subordination and minority status, whether one is in diaspora or in Judea, necessarily raise questions of theology and ideology. 100 Thus the subordination of the people may suggest that the deity was impotent to protect them.
Older traditions such as the rebellious subordinate and Chaoskampf tradition, for example, already engender certain expectations for the reader concerning the plot of divine mastery. They also bring their own assumptions about the power and role of such heavenly agencies as the divine court or the heavenly host. The résumé’s subversion or disappointment of readerly expectations points to an unarticulated or unconscious dissonance. d. The Drama of Divine Sovereignty In the chapters that follow, I propose to read each of Daniel’s apocalyptic résumés, attending to the cognitive character of their historiography and symbolic visions as well as to their ideological character as arguments that seek to resolve contradictions that are often invisible and suppressed.
Collins, Daniel (Hermeneia; Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993), 169. 9. Fröhlich, ‘Time and Times and Half a Time’, 32–33; Robert B. Kruschwitz and Paul L. Redditt, “Nebuchadnezzar as the Head of Gold: Politics and History in the Theology of the Book of Daniel,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 24 (1997): 402. 10. Seow, “From Mountain to Mountain,” 370. 11. The original three-kingdom order was recorded by Herodotus (ca. ) and Ctesias (ca. ). See further David Flusser, “The Four Empires in the Fourth Sibyl and in the Book of Daniel,” IOS 2 (1972): 155–59.
Dissonance and the Drama of Divine Sovereignty in the Book of Daniel by Amy C. Merrill Willis