Monthly Archives: October 2011

All the King’s Men

Daniel is the most famous person in the book of Daniel, followed by Nebuchadnezzar and Shadrach-Meshach-and-Abednego, but before he rises to fame, we encounter a number of his handlers. Chapter 1 introduces us to a cadre of officials with cameo … Continue reading

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A Curmudgeon Cries “Context! Context! Context!”

I’m teaching Daniel to a group of urban ministry leaders on Monday nights this semester. They love the book because it preaches so well, and I love teaching them because it’s a dream to teach students so enthusiastic about the … Continue reading

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An Ancient Hyperlink

Hyperlinks aren’t really anything new under the sun. A book as ancient as the Bible has its own kind of hyperlink – though, unfortunately, they aren’t underlined in blue. You just have to pay close attention to notice them. There’s … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss This! (Daniel 1)

Sometimes you can miss the first few minutes of a movie or even the first few pages of a book, and you can still catch up pretty easily. This is not the case in the book of Daniel. If you … Continue reading

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The Great Date Debate

I feel a sense of professional responsibility to write this particular post, though I am prepared for all of you except my sister to bail out before the end. Prove me wrong… If you have spent any time studying the … Continue reading

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Danny Boy of Babylon

I’ve spent a lot of time this week thinking about death and my dissertation. (Sometimes I’ve thought I would experience death by dissertation, but I am beginning to believe I might come out of the process alive after all.) Death … Continue reading

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Shirley Franke: ‘Til We Meet Again

When I passed my PhD exams in 2008, I took a much-needed vacation before launching fulltime dissertation work. My travels took me to see some old college friends in Knoxville, Tennessee, and while their presence would have been more than … Continue reading

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How to Read a Biblical Story

The Bible is full of stories – more properly called narratives—and most people don’t give a second thought to how they should be read. They’re stories, for crying out loud. Who doesn’t know how to read a story? Why are … Continue reading

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What Is It, Anyway?

Daniel is a one-of-a-kind book in the Bible. In case this is news to you, let me tell you what’s so unusual about it: (1)  Your translators had to do double duty in Daniel because the original is written in … Continue reading

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