Daniel Evokes Isaiah Hardback

Allusive Characterization of Foreign Rule in the Hebrew-Aramaix

by G. Brooke Lester;


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Daniel Evokes Isaiah

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Lester argues here that the book of Daniel contains a complex but poetically unified narrative. This can be identified through certain narrative qualities, including the allusion to Isaiah throughout, which uniquely contributes to the narrative arc. The narrative begins with the inauguration of foreign rule over Israel, and conludes with that rule's end. Each stage of the book's composition casts that foreign rule in terms ever-more-reminiscent of Isaiah's depiction of Assyria. That enemy is first conscripted by God to punish Israel, but then arrogates punitive authority to itself until ultimately punished in its turn and destroyed. Each apocalypse in the book of Daniel carries forward, in its own way, that allusive characterization.Lester thus argues that an allusive poetics can be investigated as an intentional rhetorical trope in a work for which the concept of "author" is complex; that a narrative criticism can incorporate a critical understanding of composition history. The "Daniel" resulting from this inquiry depicts Daniel's 2nd-century Jewish reader not as suffering punishment for breaking covenant with God, but as enduring in covenant faithfulness the last days of the "Assyrian" arrogator's violent excesses. This narrative problematizes any simplistic narrative conceptions of biblical Israel as ceaselessly rebellious, lending a unique note to conversations about suffering and theodicy in the Hebrew Bible, and about anti-Judaic habits in Christian reading of the Hebrew Bible.

Daniel Evokes Isaiah by G. Brooke Lester was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in October 2015. The ISBN for Daniel Evokes Isaiah is 9780567658579.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (October 2015)
Weight454g
Number of Pages240
Thickness16 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567658579
ISBN-100567658570
Product Code4314349
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