This unique study of the theology of the book of Daniel examines the cultic motif within the book as it relates to space and time. Numerous references and allusions to cult are investigated with linguistic, literary, and contextual analyses. The findings are then related to the main theological themes of the book such as judgment, eschatology, kingdom, and worship. It is evident that the idea of cult plays a dominant role in Daniel, and that it demonstrates the intention of the author to present the issue of conflict of two opposing systems of cult and worship. For all who are interested in an exegesis of Daniel that pays dutiful attention to the theology of Daniel, The Cultic Motif in the Book of Daniel is a must-read.
«Winfried Vogel’s erudition in his field is very impressive and thus creates an ethos of convincing power for his thesis, namely, that the book of Daniel is ‘permeated by cultic ideas and concerns’, and that the cultic motif contributes to the theology of the biblical book with ‘an impact greater than heretofore anticipated’. I unreservedly recommend ‘The Cultic Motif in the Book of Daniel’.» (André LaCocque, Professor Emeritus, Chicago Theological Seminary) «‘The Cultic Motif in the Book of Daniel’ provides us with a significant key to the book of Daniel: the cultic dimension. The demonstration of the pervasive and intense presence of this motif, in space as in time, and the analysis of its theological meaning have considerable impact for the understanding of some of the most obscure and complex issues in the book of Daniel. In this light, Daniel’s allusions to the Day of Atonement, his stress on worship, and his perspective on the cosmic prophetic horizon make better sense and enrich the reading of this mysterious book. Winfried Vogel’s observations and contributions are an unavoidable prerequisite for all students interested in the interpretation of the book of Daniel.» (Jacques Doukhan, Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Exegesis, Andrews University)
Dr. Winfried Vogel ist Redakteur für TV und Radio (HOPE Channel) und Theologischer Berater am Europäischen Medienzentrum Stimme der Hoffnung in Alsbach-Hähnlein an der Bergstraße. Zuvor war er Direktor und Theologiedozent am Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen in Österreich. Es ist ihm ein Anliegen, den Glauben an Gott relevant und transparent zu machen und Menschen für ein konkretes Leben mit Gott zu begeistern.
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