Four Kingdom Motifs before and beyond the Book of Daniel

Edited by : Andrew Perrin and Loren T. Stuckenbruck.

The four kingdoms motif enabled writers of various cultures, times, and places, to periodize history as the staged succession of empires barrelling towards an utopian age. The motif provided order to lived experiences under empire (the present), in view of ancestral traditions and cultural heritage (the past), and inspired outlooks assuring hope, deliverance, and restoration (the future).Four Kingdom Motifs before and beyond the Book of Daniel includes thirteen essays that explore the reach and redeployment of the motif in classical and ancient Near Eastern writings, Jewish and Christian scriptures, texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, depictions in European architecture and cartography, as well as patristic, rabbinic, Islamic, and African writings from antiquity through the Mediaeval eras.

The book is open access and thus free to download in PDF.

One thought on “Four Kingdom Motifs before and beyond the Book of Daniel

  1. Jeremiah Lawson 31 Mar 2021 at 8:51 pm

    I loved Stuckenbruck’s book on fallen angels! This looks like it will be fun! I’m still very slowly (lay reader that I am) getting through Matthias Henze’s The Madness of King Nebuchadnezar, though. 😦

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