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The Divisions Of The Book Of Daniel

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As with most other Old Testament books, there are three types of major textual divisions in the book of Daniel. These are the Medieval Latin chapter divisions with which we are familiar from our English Bible, the Hebrew/Aramaic open and closed paragraphs, and the Seder reading lessons. Added to these, when we turn specifically to the book of Daniel, there is the genetic division of the book into two halves between stories and visions that does not exactly coincide with yet another way of dividing the book, namely the language division of the bilingual canonical text . This chapter seeks to demonstrate, these diverse ways of packaging the material of the book influence its interpretation and suggest alternative perspectives on the book.

Keywords: Bible; Daniel; Hebrew text; textual divisions



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