"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Daniel 3:1, 8-30 Commentary
by Corrine Carvalho
The Book of Daniel is an amazingly complex work.
The so-called Hebrew version of the text, which contains large sections of material written in Aramaic, contains two distinct parts: stories of Jews living in exile in Babylon and apocalyptic visions shown to the title character. The Greek version of the tales is distinctly longer than the Hebrew version.
Daniel is a prominent character throughout the book, depicted as a young, wise and pious Jew whose prophetic abilities are recognized by even the pagan Babylonians. Chapter 3, however, is the only chapter where Daniel does not appear. Instead, the story tells the tale of three other Jewish men who face dire consequences for their piety.
While the book is set during the Babylonian exile (586-538 BCE), it was written down during a period of Greek colonization, some 400 years later. It is not interested in presenting an historical account of the Babylonian exile. It contains several historical inaccuracies, not the least of which is that fact that the Babylonians did not ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 102: Fiery Furnace
December 01, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers texts for Dec. 1, 2013: Daniel 3:1, 8-30 (corresponding Gospel: John 18:36-37).