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Old 1st May 2006, 05:39 PM
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Default Bible Study: Daniel

Is anyone interested in an online Bible study on the Book of Daniel:
one chapter per day, 14 days?

Ron
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Old 1st May 2006, 05:59 PM
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Ron,

I would be, what is entailed?
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Old 1st May 2006, 06:13 PM
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to participate, you would have to read one chapter per day, read my online comments, and join in a subsequent discussion of that chapter.
It will take two weeks.

Ron
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Old 2nd May 2006, 01:49 AM
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I'm interested. However, on the days I work 13 hour shifts at the hospital, I would be able to do the reading, but might be too tuckered for much discussion. I work 3 shifts a week.

Having said that, count me in. When do we start?

Darrell
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Old 2nd May 2006, 02:22 AM
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Is anyone interested in an online Bible study on the Book of Daniel:
one chapter per day, 14 days?

Ron

Ron,

I'm sure your Catholic worldview would provide some fascinating perspectives on this book. Count me in. When would be the first date?
I'm out of the loop from 5/12-15; don't let that stop you, just wanted to let you know there would be silence from Upstate NY during that time.
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Old 2nd May 2006, 04:01 AM
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Ron, I'm interested.
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Old 2nd May 2006, 04:04 AM
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Ron,

Count me in!
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Old 2nd May 2006, 01:21 PM
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Default Read Chapter 1 of Daniel

1. Read Chapter 1 of Daniel

You can read my translation, at
http://www.sacredbible.org/catholic/OT-32_Daniel.htm
or with the Latin and translation commentary at:
http://www.sacredbible.org/studybible/OT-32_Daniel.htm

or any other Catholic version that you may prefer.

I will post my commentary, which you should also read.

Then post your thoughts.

Ron
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Old 2nd May 2006, 01:33 PM
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[Daniel 1]

God's Providence permits Israel to be conquered because of their sins and because God knows the good that He can bring out of this defeat.

Daniel and his companions are without blemish, like the sheep used in sacrifices to God in the Old Testament Law.

Daniel does not want to eat from the king's food, because he would be defiled by eating the food of Gentiles. But he is required to do so, so he trusts in God and proposes a test to see which foods provided the greater health. By God's Providence, he succeeds in convincing the chief of the guard to let them eat foods that would not defile them.

Daniel had wisdom from God, more than all the advisors of the king put together, because he had love and faith and hope. Wisdom does not come from I.Q. or from studying, but from God.

The word magos, in the Latin text, is the same word often translated in the Gospel of Matthew as Magi. In this case, it probably refers not merely to wise men or learned men, but those specializing in interpreting the stars, i.e., astrologers.

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Old 2nd May 2006, 03:11 PM
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The key point that strikes me in this chapter is the twofold expression of wisdom. Daniel exhibits both faithfulness and prudence. He is faithful in that wisdom reminds him of the ordinances of the Law and he resolves not to disobey. He is prudent in that wisdom points to a way out of the problem and Daniel acts.

My tendency would have been toward only faithfulness and the refusal to eat the king's food. That would have resulted in the proverbial "off with his head". Heroics is not always the best choice as this chapter shows.

This twofold expression of wisdom reminds me of two NT passages:
Mt 10:16 ...be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
1Cor 10:13 ...God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
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