The Book of Daniel, on the surface, tells a powerful story of God’s faithfulness and constancy, even in the midst of great trial. Understanding the book’s symbolic language and images, however, requires some outside research. Join Paul Niskanen, Ph.D., as he analyzes and explains Daniel’s content and symbolism, revealing the book’s rich significance to the New Testament and to modern Christians.
Echoes of Revelation
Daniel is considered a work of apocalyptic literature, meaning that its contents are primarily symbolic. The book does, however, contain real historical figures, and takes place during real historical events. Over eight lectures, Dr. Niskanen explains the relationship between history and symbolism in Daniel, making sense of key figures and themes:
• The close relationship between religion and politics in ancient Israel • The meaning and significance of Daniel’s dream visions • God’s hand and the role of free will in human history • Daniel as a bridge to the New Testament
Far from being an isolated work of spiritual wisdom, Daniel reverberates throughout the New Testament. By illuminating the symbolism and connecting the dots between Daniel and Jesus Christ, Dr. Niskanen’s course shows the breadth and profundity of Daniel’s significance.
Why study Daniel?
The Book of Daniel invites the reader to explore a unique chapter in salvation history. Today’s Christians can feel intimidated by society’s increasing disdain for religion, something which Daniel understood all too well. God’s faithfulness to Daniel during his persecutions and sufferings is the same faithfulness he offers us today. Daniel is thus a very timely book for today’s Christians, reminding us of the unchanging nature of God’s love and fidelity, even in the midst of darkness.
Daniel demonstrates how God unfolds his plan of salvation through human history. This is a history in which we as Christians participate. Studying Daniel helps us to better understand our place in that history, and it gives us an enhanced perspective on God’s role in that history. In these eight lectures, Dr. Niskanen shows how we can find ourselves in this book, and how it is no less relevant today than in centuries past.
About the Author
Dr. Paul Niskanen received his Bachelor of Arts in French and Religious Studies from Seattle University, his S.T.B. from the Pontifical University Teresianum in Rome, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. He is currently an associate professor of Theology for the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. A few of Professor Niskanen's publications include, The Human and the Divine in History: Herodotus and the Book of Daniel, Yhwh as Father, and The Last Words of Jesus. He is also a professional member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America as well as the Society of Biblical Literature.
Item No: C305 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2014
Binding: DVD, CD, MP4 Video Download, MP3 Audio Download and Group Study Edition
8 Lectures (Approx. 30 min. each)
1. Apocalyptic Literature As we begin our study of Daniel, we should ask ourselves what type of literature it is.
2. A Strange Book of the Bible Daniel is a hard book to understand, but a closer look at its structure can help us succeed.
3. Kings and Wise Men We can divine the cast of Daniel into two groups: the kings and the wise.
4. The History Behind Daniel's Apocalypse
Learning more about the history of Daniel is our key to correctly interpreting the book.
5. God and Man in History Looking at Daniel’s theology of history can help us better understand the book.
6. The Dream Visions Looking at Daniel’s visions in more detail will help us unravel their symbolism.
7. The End of What? While studying Daniel, it’s important to know what’s been lost in translation.
8. The Bridge to the New Testament As we close up our study, we’ll look at how Daniel bridges the gap between the Old and New Testaments.