Our July Podcast fills in a little more detail on the book of Daniel, in accompanying the Daniel Series. Questions, listed below, were submitted by the congregation and explored by Pastor Erik Kamp.
1. Are there any cultural influences coming forth in these visions and dreams that Daniel witnesses?
-What did Daniel read through his life that would have shaped his writing?
-Creation Stories/Myths of Daniel’s time. Primarily Genesis 1/2, borrowing from ancient world, Canaanites, Babylonian Mythology, etc.
-Cosmology: the science of the origin and development of the universe.
-Enuma Elish (Enûma Eliš), Babylonian Creation Myth, Elevation of Marduk as chief god of Babylon and above other Mesopotamian Gods
2. What style of literature is the book of Daniel? Was this new in his time or were there similar writings that he was able to draw influence from?
3. Divine Inspiration: In what manner is this predictive of history? Does the Spirit reveal history’s path to Daniel?
4. Daniel’s own ‘original interpretation.’ How do we read these passages? What’s the intent?