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Reply To: Analyze one of the supplementary Bible passages in light of the course content. Do you see evidence of the Hebraic map? Did anything about the passage surprise you? Was there any part of the passage that stuck out to you in particular?

Hailey Hancock

I saw evidence of the Hebraic map in Daniel 1-2. Each pillar of the Hebraic map can be discussed in these two chapters.

Plurality: Daniel requested that he would not be forced defile himself by the royal food and wine. He was not offended and upset that other men were eating and drinking of it; this shows a mindset of accepting plurality. Plurality is evidenced later on in the dream – the dream uses iron and clay as an example of how the people will be divided.

Personality: The relationship between body and spirit can be seen in how Daniel and his friends nourish their bodies in accordance with the laws of Judaism and being blessed through this with wisdom and understanding. They relate to their communities by using their talents given to them by God.

Deity: God seeks relationship as evidenced in Daniel 2. Daniel and his friends pray to God, pleading for mercy so that they might not be killed along with the rest of the wise men. God responds by giving Daniel a vision that revealed the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

History: Daniel’s interpretation of the dream recognizes the big story and a final end. The powerful statue in the dream was destroyed by larger forces and ultimately destroyed by God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is one that can never be destroyed.

Responsibility: Daniel was aware of his place in Babylon. He was greatly gifted with wisdom and knowledge and accepted the duty of interpreting the dream, even if it meant risking his own life. He continued to engage and lead others after Nebuchadnezzar appointed him as ruler of the province of Babylon.