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Daniel: The Fiery Furnace
Daniel 3:1, [2-7] 8-30 Commentary
by Juliana Claassens
Daniel 3 offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of young refugees whose existence is threatened in a new land.
On the surface, the lives of these three men -- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego -- are in jeopardy when the three are hurled into a fiery furnace because of their refusal to worship the Emperor Nebuchadnezzar. Beneath the surface, there are many other subtle ways, some quite devastating as well, in which these immigrants’ existence is threatened.
In Daniel 1, we learn that the names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had been changed from their birth names, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. This change in names is quite significant as names not only signify one’s identity and heritage, but in the case of these particular names, also one’s religious beliefs. So all three the original names of these Jewish men contain references to God such as “God is gracious” in the case of Hananiah, “Who is like God?” in the case of Mishael, and “God keeps him” in the case of Azariah.
These references to the God of Israel have now been substituted with ...
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NL293: Daniel: The Fiery Furnace
December 03, 2017
This is the podcast for Daniel 3:1, [2-7], 8-30, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Dec. 3, 2017, featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.