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Daniel, Book

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream: The Revision of Daniel’s Role During Antiochus’ Persecution

The first section of Daniel (chs. 2-6) is a collection of quasi-independent court tales. Once they were combined into the book of Daniel in its current form, the story of Daniel interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, which parallels Pharaoh’s dream in the Joseph story, was revised. It was further supplemented with Daniel’s prayer which creates a contrast between the power of God and that of Antiochus IV.

Dr.

Michael Segal

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The Lead up to Chanukah in the Book of Daniel

An ancient pious scribe describes in apocalyptic visions, the history of the conflict between Judea and Antiochus Epiphanes, but fails to dream that the Maccabees, a political group of guerrilla fighters, will win. 

Prof.

Lawrence M. Wills

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Chanukah, Daniel 11 and The Rabbis' Limited Knowledge of Jewish History in the Greek Period

Rabbi

Evan Hoffman

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Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts: The Prehistory of Chanukah

The four beasts of Daniel 7 represent four kingdoms. The terrifying fourth beast with ten horns and iron teeth is the Greek kingdom of Syria. This beast grows a talking horn, which represents Antiochus IV, whose persecutions (167–164 B.C.E.), the biblical author believes, can only be stopped by divine intercession.

Dr.

Michael Segal

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