Aramaic Daniel and Greek Daniel: A Literary Comparison by T. J. Meadowcroft

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Daniel 2-7 are noteworthy chapters within the Bible, in part simply because they're in Aramaic instead of Hebrew and partially as the early Greek translation of these chapters, recognized to us because the Septuagint, is kind of various from the Aramaic textual content that we have got. This e-book highlights and analyzes the diversities through exploring the effectiveness of every model as a section of narrative. a brand new appreciation of the craft of the Aramaic narrative is one outcome. one other is an more desirable figuring out of the way biblical narrative handles symbolism. via this research the reader additionally earnings perception into differing circles of knowledge in Persian instances, every one giving upward push to a textual culture nonetheless available to us.

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113, on 'story, history and truth' in the Old Testament. 48. Jeansonne, Daniel 7-12, p. 8. 49. Wiirthwein, The Text of the Old Testament, pp. 49 and 57. But contrast Jellicoe in The Septuagint, who seems to understand revision and recension in different ways but never defines exactly how. 50. In light of this distinction, there is obviously debate over whether 6 is a version in its own right or a revision. See Wiirthwein, The Text of the Old Testament, p. 54. For convenience I refer to 6 as a version.

This analogy will prove useful in my analyses of other Daniel stories also. It is not dissimilar to the concept of camera-eye technique sometimes employed by novelists. See the discussion by Stanzel, A Theory of Narrative, pp. 232-34, who observes that the 'camera-eye technique does not permit a distinction between first- and third-person reference'. 10. C. Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961), p. 282, describes the same phenomenon in modern fiction thus: 'If granting 36 Aramaic Daniel and Greek Daniel The use of narrative person in the LXX is more complicated.

While the king's rule is 'to the end of the earth' (v. 19, KJTIK ^vty. That one point is expanded on as the king's greatness suffers the same fate as the tree's greatness. Both are cut down, both share a life with the beasts, and the sentence of both is for a limited period until the stump sends forth new shoots and the king is restored. ' This passage, incidentally, is used when discussing the authorship of 6. See P. Grelot, 'Les versions grecques de Daniel', Bib 47 (1966), p. 395. 51. Berlin, Poetics, p.

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