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The Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel
Introduction, Text, and Commentary

By Matthias Henze
October 2001
J. C. B. Mohr
ISBN: 3-16-147594-1
140 pages
$67.50 paper original

The author has prepared the editio princeps of the Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel, a hitherto unknown apocalypse composed in the early seventh century A.D. in Syriac and preserved in a single manuscript only. Following an introduction, the book includes an edition of the Syriac text, an English translation, and a detailed commentary. Like the Biblical Daniel on which it is closely modeled, the Syriac text is an 'historical' apocalypse, i.e. it has two parts: the 'historical' first part relates the adventures of Daniel in midrashic form, from his deportation by Nebuchadnezzar until his return to Persia. Upon returning, Daniel has a sequence of apocalyptic visions which are recorded in the latter, eschatological part of the text and which describe the gradual unfolding of the end of time.

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