From Joseph to Daniel: The Literary Development of the Narrative in Daniel 2

From Joseph to Daniel: The Literary Development of the Narrative in Daniel 2 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853308X388110 Vetus Testamentum 59 (2009) 123-149 www.brill.nl/vt Vetus Testamentum From Joseph to Daniel: The Literary Development of the Narrative in Daniel 2 Michael Segal * Hebrew University, Jerusalem Abstract Scholars have recognized the composite nature of the narrative in Daniel 2 based upon certain contradictions within the story. Additional evidence will be marshaled to bolster this claim, including variation in the use of divine names according to the evidence of the Old Greek ver- sion. Furthermore, I suggest that a more precise division of the source material can be obtained based upon a philological analysis of the expression םעטו אטע ביתה (v. 14), and its Akkadian cognates. The earlier stratum of the story presents Daniel as a “second” Joseph, and closely par- allels both the story of Genesis 41 and the tale in Daniel 5. The secondary section is analyzed in an appendix in an attempt to identify its literary and historical context, with special atten- tion given to the relationship between the description of God in 2:21 and the depiction of Antiochus IV Epiphanes in Daniel 7:24-26. Keywords Daniel, Joseph, Old Greek, Antiochus IV 1. Description of Daniel 2 The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vetus Testamentum Brill

From Joseph to Daniel: The Literary Development of the Narrative in Daniel 2

Vetus Testamentum , Volume 59 (1): 123 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853308X388110 Vetus Testamentum 59 (2009) 123-149 www.brill.nl/vt Vetus Testamentum From Joseph to Daniel: The Literary Development of the Narrative in Daniel 2 Michael Segal * Hebrew University, Jerusalem Abstract Scholars have recognized the composite nature of the narrative in Daniel 2 based upon certain contradictions within the story. Additional evidence will be marshaled to bolster this claim, including variation in the use of divine names according to the evidence of the Old Greek ver- sion. Furthermore, I suggest that a more precise division of the source material can be obtained based upon a philological analysis of the expression םעטו אטע ביתה (v. 14), and its Akkadian cognates. The earlier stratum of the story presents Daniel as a “second” Joseph, and closely par- allels both the story of Genesis 41 and the tale in Daniel 5. The secondary section is analyzed in an appendix in an attempt to identify its literary and historical context, with special atten- tion given to the relationship between the description of God in 2:21 and the depiction of Antiochus IV Epiphanes in Daniel 7:24-26. Keywords Daniel, Joseph, Old Greek, Antiochus IV 1. Description of Daniel 2 The

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Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: ANTIOCHUS IV; DANIEL; JOSEPH; OLD GREEK

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