Three Books of Daniel: Plurality and Fluidity among the Ancient Versions


Journal Article (Review)

© The Author(s) 2017. This essay demonstrates that the book of Daniel is not a fixed but fluid text, a collection of traditions that developed over centuries and locations. The three major extant ancient versions of Daniel, represented by the Hebrew/Aramaic Masoretic Text and the "Old Greek" and "Revised Greek" translations, together participate in a complex dance of genres as they move between legend, folk-tale, prayer and song, vision and apocalypse, novella and saint's life. A greater appreciation of this multiplicity and fluidity complicates our understanding of biblical texts in ways that can enrich interpretation and interfaith dialogue.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Portier-Young, A

Published Date

  • April 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 71 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 143 - 153

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2159-340X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-9643

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0020964316688077

Citation Source

  • Scopus