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The History of Exile and Redemption in the Book of Daniel

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In Megillat ha-Megalleh, Bar Hiyya declares his approach to the Book of Daniel and highlights that it is in concordance with prophecies contained in the Torah and in the prophets, and that in reading it, one must be attentive to the gradual nature of the revelation of the future to Daniel. Bar Hiyya first discusses the prophecies from Jeremiah and Zechariah (Relevant earlier prophecies), which he holds to be relevant to the subject, and which are related to both the duration of the first exile and to the total time until the final redemption. This discussion includes messianic calculations. Bar Hiyya then approaches the text of Dan. 8 to 10 (Gradual revelation to Daniel in Dan. 8-10), putting special importance to the context in which Daniel received the visions, and especially to the proper, logical sequence in which the whole span of future history was revealed to him.

Keywords: Bar Hiyya; Book of Daniel; Jeremiah; Megillat ha-Megalleh; messianic calculations; prophets; Torah; Zechariah



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