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Bibil Identifier bibil:221219
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Declare the interpretation'
Title (English, ) Redacting Daniel in Early Bibles for English Children
Author Padley, Jonathan
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 19, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 311-336 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It is a common place that adults who had access to the Bible as youngsters remember being told the tale of Daniel in the lions' den. It is easy to see why, and why this story has become a staple of Christian teaching: it is action-packed, distinctive, and reaches a conclusion that favours the apparent righteousness of its protagonist. However, Daniel's theological and historical consequences clearly extend far beyond the lions' den, so this article investigates the history of its limited pedagogical deployment by examining redactions of it in five popular eighteenth-century Bibles for English children. The theological issues in Daniel that captured the imaginations of its early adapters are ascertained, and evidence is found that the book's prophetic, visionary, and apocalyptic content has long-since been regarded as difficult for young people (especially in comparison to its apparently more straightforward court stories). Equally, in these problematic areas where the source's density raises opportunities for interpretative latitude, this essay contends that ecclesiological rather than theological responses to the text tended to surface, as Daniel's retellers—often obliquely—attempted to manage the book's indubitable complexity by domesticating it to their own subjective priorities.
DOI 10.1163/156851511x577387
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Daniel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 18th century
Pericopes Daniel 6,2-6,29
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