Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel
For many recipients of the Bible, Daniel is one of the most important works, as it is considered to be a connector between The New Testament and The Old Testament and a foundation for the understanding of The Book of Revelation. For others it represents one of the most popular books of the Scripture because of the fairly entertaining, surrealistic story telling. Yet others tend to attack Daniel due to its uncertain authorship. Questions are still open today: Was The Book of Daniel written in Maccabean times? Or was it written even earlier, during the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, or Jehoiakim? Is Daniel the Hebrew prophet the authentic author of the text? In fact, this uncertainty of authorship has led to a steady scholastic interest in the book. Up to today, it still attracts researchers who are determined to identify the true author and the time period it was written in.
With the intention to make Daniel more accessible, Jordan M. Scheetz has written The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel. Scheetz, an Associate Professor of Old Testament Languages and Literature at Tyndale Theological Seminary, develops his concept of Canonical Intertextuality from Kristeva’s famous work on intertextuality, Steins’ Kanonische intertextuelle Lektuere, Lindbeck’s Intratextuality and various approaches to canon criticism, and applies it to the Masoretic text of Daniel. In doing so, the reader is made aware of the dialogue between different texts in the Bible and the multifaceted meaning of words, their cultural and social connotations, when placed in distinctive biblical contexts.
With so many open questions still persisting, Scheetz’s book makes a valuable contribution to the existing field of research on Daniel. Students of the Bible in general and those who are especially interested in the prophet’s text will definitely be interested in this work.
Update: Jordan M. Scheetz has just been appointed Research Associate in the Institute for Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology in the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna.
by Jordan M. Scheetz
Release Date: 28/06/2012
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For further reading on The Book of Daniel:
Reading Daniel as a Text in Theological Hermeneutics
by Aaron B. Hebbard