This is a recent post at my new blog, where I am trying to clean up and trim down the old posts a bit, to concentrate on developing theological themes of revelation, prayer, providence, divine action, Incarnation, history and apocalypse. My apologies to wordpress subscribers, who will be seeing this one a second time. I don’t know if my split venue will be able to work in the long run, but for the time being I’m favoring the new blog and running copies on this one.
The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdoms of men (Dan 4:17)
I think Dan 4:17 combines a solid general principle (Elyon rules) with some interesting specifics (in the kingdoms of men … by decree of the watchers … by the word of the holy ones). The verse is much bigger, I think, than the story in which it is embedded. I will argue that Dan 4:17 might easily have an ancient pedigree – perhaps much earlier than the times of Nebuchadnezzar.
Elyon – ‘God Most High’ – is not a common biblical name for God. But I think we need to take another look at the uncommon – because rare forms do not always signify late additions to a text – rarity can also…
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