By T. J. Meadowcroft
Daniel 2-7 are noteworthy chapters within the Bible, in part simply because they're in Aramaic instead of Hebrew and in part as the early Greek translation of these chapters, identified to us because the Septuagint, is kind of diverse from the Aramaic textual content that we have got. This e-book highlights and analyzes the variations by means of 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 stronger knowing of the way biblical narrative handles symbolism. via this examine the reader additionally earnings perception into differing circles of knowledge in Persian occasions, every one giving upward thrust to a textual culture nonetheless obtainable to us.
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2. 20 We have begun to see that the MT narrator of Daniel is more covert than his LXX counterpart, and this results in a more multi-faceted story. This is a difference that also pertains in other stories of Daniel. 22 It is in the nature of storytelling that narrators are omniscient, but there are different ways that the omniscience is experienced by the story's readers. More overt narrators display their omniscience editorially from outside the story and thus enable readers to share their omniscient perspective.
2 who vied at greater length with the same group of functionaries, and ultimately prevailed to become 'chief (m) of all of them. On his first appearance in ch. 4 the link is made by introducing him in that capacity as 'chief of the magicians' (v. 6, K'oenn m). In contrast, the story of Nebuchadnezzar and the dream of the great tree stands alone in the LXX. This could reflect a reluctance on the part of the LXX to see Daniel in the same category as the mantic officials, hence a lack of interest in the court contest form.
17, and Charles, Daniel, p. 81. 14. G. Savran, Telling and Retelling: Quotation in Biblical Narrative (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988), pp. 15-16. 38 Aramaic Daniel and Greek Daniel In the context of Daniel we will see various ways by which the narrator identifies Daniel's outlook as his own and leads the reader to do the same. 15 This raises the question of the different ways in which the narrator functions within the story. 16 These may be thought of as extremes at either end of a continuum rather than absolute categories.