Exegesis of Daniel

Mark A. Hassler

Hebrew Exegesis of Daniel is an exegetical analysis of the book of Daniel, specifically the Hebrew sections (1:1–2:4 and 8:1–12:13). Special attention goes to handling translational issues and resolving interpretive difficulties, with a view toward exposition and theology. 

As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to (a) translate clearly and accurately Daniel 1:1–2:4 and 8:1–12:13 into English using a Hebrew lexicon; (b) use the recommended methodology for exegetical research; (c) exegete designated excerpts according to the authorial intent; (d) identify pertinent grammatical, syntactical, and literary components; (e) demonstrate innertextual connections within the book of Daniel; (f) discuss the potential contributions of the ancient Near Eastern historical sources; (g) better evaluate commentaries and articles that expound the book of Daniel; and (h) defend the evangelical position concerning the book’s authorship and date of composition. This course is 3 credit hours and has prerequisites of Hebrew Grammar 1 & 2 and Hebrew Exegetical Method 1 & 2.

Dr. Mark Hassler is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Dr. Hassler also serves as Director of Publications and Field Archaeologist for the Shiloh excavations in Israel. He was the editor of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin (2016–19), a peer-reviewed journal established in 1958. He serves on the board of directors for the Near East Archaeological Society and as the president of the Evangelical Theological Society's eastern region. Dr. Hassler earned his academic degrees at Montana Bible College (BA) and The Master's Seminary (PhD, ThM, and MDiv). Read more....

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10% – Textbook Reading
5% – Class Participation
15% – Typed Translations
20% – Oral Translations
15% – Article Research
35% – Exegetical Paper

The textbooks below were required the last time this course was delivered. They are subject to change for the next delivery of this course.