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Commentary on The Book of Daniel

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1.1–21 : Daniel as a young man at a foreign court.

See Introduction. The chronology is uncertain, and dates given are not necessarily precise.

1 :

Third year of Jehoiakim: 607 or 606 B.C.E. Nebuchadnezzar became king in 605; but see 2 Kgs. 24.1–6 . The first deportation took place in 598; see 2 Kgs. 24.10–17 .

2 :

Shinar was in southern Mesopotamia.

3 :

Ashpenaz is otherwise unknown.

6 :

Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were common names; Azariah appears in Neh. 10.2 , and Hananiah in Neh. 10.23 .

7 :

This was also the case with Joseph in Gen. 41.45 .

8 :

Determined not to become contaminated: compare 1 Macc. 1.62; see Ezek. 4.13; Hos. 9.3 .

12 :

The total abstinence from meat was a safeguard against eating forbidden meats such as pork.

17 :

Visions and dreams: the practice of dream interpretation in Mesopotamia, and the special significance attributed to them, goes back to the third millennium.

20 :

This verse anticipates the plots in chs. 2; 4; 5 . Magicians and exorcists: the Heb. terms are borrowed from the ancient Akkadian, meaning, respectively, “interpreters of dreams” and “incantation officials.”

21 :

First years of King Cyrus: 539 B.C.E., sixty- eight years after the date (607 or 606) in v. 1 .

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