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Negotiating Daniel’s masculinity: The appropriation of Daniel’s dreams by actual (rather than ideal) readers

Todd, Andrew 2010. Negotiating Daniel’s masculinity: The appropriation of Daniel’s dreams by actual (rather than ideal) readers. Creangă, Ovidiu, ed. Men and Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond, Bible in the Modern World, vol. 33. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, pp. 212-232.

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This paper is concerned with empirical research into the way in which Bible-study groups engage with the biblical text, including issues of gender and masculinity, focusing not on ideal readers of the text, but actual ones, and providing a contemporary perspective on issues of masculinity in the Hebrew Scriptures. Central to the paper is the examination of how meaning and interpretation were achieved in the social interaction of the Bible-study groups, and in the negotiation with the Bible that formed the focus of that interaction. Against the background of wider research into Bible study groups and their attitude to gender, the paper considers one group’s approach to Daniel 7 and specifically the question of Daniel’s dreams. The paper establishes the different ways in which the group interpreted the text, and considers how this enabled discussion of the way in which God speaks to people today in dreams especially to women in the group, in contrast with the tradition in the Hebrew Scriptures of God speaking to men in dreams. The paper evaluates how and why connections developed in the Bible-study group between dreams, as an aspect of masculine experience and role in the book of Daniel, and contemporary feminine experience, but not to any great extent with the experience of men in the group.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press
ISBN: 9781907534096
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