Blog-reading friends, I thought this email was worth sharing today. I added a footnote here, which was not included in my email response.~Bryan
“But you, Daniel, keep the words secret and the book sealed until the time of the end. Many shall be running back and forth, and evil [KJV=knowledge] shall increase” Dan 12:4.
Email Question: Daniel 12:4 means what? Is this really talking about our technologically advanced times in which we live and the business of our world today?
First, the Hebrew text of Daniel chapters 8—12 fall into the Second Temple period.1 Therefore, this section of the book was likely written in the 2nd Century BCE in order to encourage those who were undergoing persecution by the Seleucids under Antiochus IV Epiphanes (i.e., there is a near consensus among Hebrew Bible scholars that chapters 7–12 should be read as pseudepigrapha from the Seleucid period). More specifically, between 167 and 164 BCE, the Hebrew chapters 8—12 were added—i.e., the text of Daniel went through a periods of development (Hebrew–Aramaic–back to Hebrew. However, there is much discussion on this within the guild as well. Even so, the immediately historical context and meaning of this verse likely had to do with contemporary persecution (of that time, not sometime in our future).Read More Email Question: Daniel 12:4 means what?