By Michael Segal
The quantity includes seven reports, every one of which makes a speciality of a special imaginative and prescient or bankruptcy in Daniel and provides a brand new interpretation or examining of the passage in query. a few of the insights proposed during this quantity are dependent upon the belief that the authors of Daniel have been usually interpreters of prior biblical books, and that the identity of those intertextual clues will be the most important to unlocking the which means of those texts.
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20) Whenever the king put a question to them requiring wisdom and understanding, he found them to be ten times better than all the magicians and exorcists throughout his realm. As described above, this scene begins with the king commanding the chief officer to bring children from the exiles in order to train them to work in the royal court. The command of the king consists of three parts, each of which is fulfilled by the end of this story: to bring the youths, to teach them reading and writing, and to raise them for three years.
2, pp. 36–37,47. 31 The origins and purpose of v. 7 are unclear: on the one hand it seems to parallel a name change similar to that of Joseph (Gen 41:45); thus, it may reflect the adoption of that literary motif, similar in nature to the adoption of other themes and language from the earlier story (cf. n. 19 above; and Collins [1993, 141], who also adduces the example of Esther/Hadassah and Mordecai in the Persian court). Alternatively, the verse might function as an attempt to harmonize the various stories in Daniel 2–6, which refer to the various protagonists using both Hebrew and foreign names (see Hartman and Di Lella [1978, 131–32]); cf.
A Story within a Story 23 friends. By assigning the heroic role to this anonymous character in the face of the danger mentioned explicitly by the chief officer, the story serves to highlight the sacrifice of Daniel and his companions in this decision, whose position was even more precarious. The guard essentially serves as a facilitator, making it possible for the Judean youths to successfully observe their religious commitments; but he himself is not a developed character who in any way can outshine their steadfastness under threat of punishment.