"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Daniel 6:6-27 Commentary
by Stephen B. Reid
Daniel 6:6-27 is written in Aramaic not Hebrew as most of the Old Testament is written. Scholars wonder why.
Some suggest that this is to confuse the Persian oppressors. But Aramaic was the language of the empire so that theory falls flat. Some argue that the whole book was written in Aramaic and only later translated to Hebrew, but then one would have to explain why parts were left untranslated. Probably the most compelling argument comes from André Lacocque, a French immigrant to the United States. He observes that there is something about bilingualism. It focuses the power relationships through the use of language. Bilingualism demonstrates the way language reflects its own sort of power.
Transitory Empires Incompetent Kings
The story begins in the period of the Persian Empire. The Persian Empire replaced the Babylonian empire as the power in the biblical world beginning in 539 BCE. The Babylonian Empire was ruled through a process of incompetent bureaucracy and inept leadership. Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 BCE) displaced the Assyrian Empire at the battle of Carchemish (605 BCE) and annexed ...
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Narrative Lectionary 056: Daniel
December 02, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Daniel 6:6-27, and Luke 23:1-5.