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The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel
Scheetz, Jordan M.

Cambridge: James Clarke, 2012 pp. x + 174. £15.00

Description: In The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel, Jordan Scheetz attempts to solve the complex issues readers face in interpreting biblical text. The variety of voices and contexts that construct the Bible make interpretation a difficult task. Taking literary postconstructionist notions of intertextuality and various approaches to canon criticism in the field of biblical studies, Scheetz develops his concept of canonical intertextuality. Scheetz applies this concept to the Masoretic Text of Daniel, which serves as an excellent testing ground through the multilingual nature of the text, the differing placement of the text in various biblical canons and through the clear quotation of Danielís text in a limited number of New Testament texts. Through this inductive study, Scheetz concludes that the Masoretic Text of Daniel is at the same time one text and many texts. The result is a unique theory of canonical intertextuality that can be applied to many other biblical texts. The reader is made aware of the dialogue between different texts in the Bible and the multifaceted meaning of words when placed in distinctive biblical contexts.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Apocalyptic Literature, Daniel, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Canonical Criticism

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Review by Don Collett
Published 3/22/2013
Citation: Don Collett, review of Jordan M. Scheetz, The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Philippus J. Botha
Published 3/22/2013
Citation: Philippus J. Botha, review of Jordan M. Scheetz, The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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