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Daniel and Enoch: Two different reactions

P. M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 53, No 1/2 | a1597 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v53i1/2.1597 | © 1997 P. M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 December 1997 | Published: 13 December 1997

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P. M. Venter, Department of Old Testament Studies (Sec. A) University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The authors of Daniel 7-12 and of 1 Enoch 83-90 are identified as groups from the retainer class. Both groups belonged to the apocalyptic Hasidic movement. They differed in their reactions to the measures which Antiochus IV Epiphanes took against the temple and the Jews in 167 BCE. The Enoch group were inclined towards the activist stance taken by the Maccabees. The Daniel group chose for a modified apocalyptic form of asceticism.


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