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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

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The HB version of Daniel opens in Hebrew, the original language of the Old Testament, but switches in 2:4 to Aramaic, a related language increasingly spoken and written by Jews from the Persian period onwards (from the middle of the 7th cent. BCE). But chs. 8–12 revert to Hebrew. It is unclear whether the book was originally written in one language only and partly translated; if so, then the Aramaic is more likely to be the original because chs. 2–7 seem to contain the older parts of the book. But no one explanation of this curious feature has yet been generally accepted.

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