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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?

Esther Ellis

Hi everyone!
To me, Daniel chapter 9 has evidence of the Hebraic map written all over it. First, we see the Hebraic mindset of coming before God in fasting and mourning in the way that Daniel does this in order to pray for the redemption of Israel. Daniel says in verse 3, “So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.”
The Hebraic map is also seen in the way that Daniel, even though he in a position of political power, is humble and takes responsibility for his own actions, both traits of a Hebraic leader. Daniel, speaking of what he was praying to God about, says, “While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before Yahweh my God concerning the holy mountain of my God…” Daniel took responsibility for his sin and he was humble enough to admit it even though he was in a place of leadership and power.
One last thing I will mention about how this chapter shows evidence of the Hebraic map is in the way that Daniel views the present in light of history. He saw the past, his own and his people’s sin, and how that affected where he was right now. But he also looked at God’s promises for the future in how he gave Israel His word that He would restore them and this gave him hope.
Daniel is an amazing example of how a Hebraic leader ought to be!
– Esther