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Daniel: Apocalypse of the Old Testament

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Symbols of Divine Providence

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.
 
Our History

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.

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.
 
Lectures
  1. Apocalyptic Literature
  2. What are apocalypses? In the Bible, there are many different kinds of literature and, thus, ways of interpreting the meaning of Scripture. The book of Daniel is one of the best examples of apocalyptic writing. Discover what apocalyptic writing is and how we should use it when interpreting Scripture.
  3. A Strange Book of the Bible
  4. Continuing from our new understanding of the nature of apocalyptic writing, consider the essence of the Book of Daniel more deeply. Why might somebody call the Book of Daniel 'self-destruction'? Is this a fitting title?
  5. Kings and Wise Men
  6. Study the court trials and meet the main characters found in the Book of Daniel by dividing them between kings and foreign kings. To do this, we must explore the practical history leading up to Daniel.
  7. The History Behind Daniel’s Apocalypse
  8. How is history significant when trying to understand the Book of Daniel? More broadly, why is history significant to Christianity? Discover the roles that history plays in biblical interpretation and habituating virtuous practices.
  9. God and Man in History
  10. Studying history alone is very different from studying history with a theological perspective. What is Daniel's view of history from a theological perspective?
  11. The Dream Visions
  12. Dr. Niskanen discusses the dream visions found in the Book of Daniel, specifically in Daniel 7, and explores Daniel's court tales to illuminate the nature and meaning of the dream visions.
  13. The End of What?
  14. Reconsider the meaning of apocalypse from our first lecture, particularly what apocalypse could mean in the Book of Daniel. Compare how the word 'apocalypse' seems to have a different meaning in the New Testament than in the Old Testament.
  15. The Bridge to the New Testament
  16. How does the Book of Daniel point us to the New Testament? Consider why this book is the true 'Bridge to the New Testament.'
Lecture Sample

 
Meet Your Professor

Your professor for this course is Paul Niskanen. Professor 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 assistant professor of Theology for the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Professor Niskanen’s publications include, “The Human and the Divine in History: Herodotus and the Book of Daniel,” “Ezekiel, Daniel,” “Yhwh as Father, Redeemer, and Potter in Isaiah 63:7—64:11,” “Kingdoms, Dominions, and the Reign of God in the Book of Daniel,” “Daniel’s Portrait of Antiochus IV: Echoes of a Persian King” and “The Last Words of Jesus.”

He has given many presentations, of which some include, “Agents of God’s Kingdom,” “The Kingdom of God in the Book of Daniel,” “Historical and Literary Reflections on Daniel 11,” “The Death of Antiochus IV in the Book of Daniel,” and “Daniel and Herodotus.”

Professor Niskanen is also a professional member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America as well as the Society of Biblical Literature.

 
Homeschooling Products
 
The Homeschooling Set includes the Streaming Video and Homeschooling Course Guide. Each Course Guide contains everything needed for a student to complete the course, including:
  • Lesson Plan
  • Quizzes
  • Final Essay
  • Lecture Notes
  • Answer Key
Author:
Paul V. Niskanen, PhD
Imprint:
TAN Courses
Publication Date:
4/14/2014

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