A Reconsideration of the Book of Daniel as an Educational and Piety Literature

Saya Lee

Of the many apocalyptic works from the second century B.C. to the first century A.D., the Biblical canon considered the Book of Daniel as an apocalyptic literature while most of the other works as apocryphal. Why was the Book of Daniel the only considered apocalyptic literature in the canon? Who categorized the apocalyptic literature and how did it affect their decision-making? The educational aspect of the Book of Daniel shows mainly the reason. This book taught the Jews how to live in times of suffering. The teachers of the law and the rabbis recognized the value of the Book of Daniel in the Biblican canon.

Volume 12 | Issue 6

Pages: 397-402

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I6/S20201042