This volume illuminates the full extent of the corpus of ancient and mediaeval apocryphal Daniel literature. It is the first study to examine the Daniel legenda, the apocryphal apocalypses, and the prognostica as discrete categories of texts and to evaluate their generic relationship to the biblical Book of Daniel. Special emphases include the identification of the texts and their manuscript evidence as well as the study of late antique and early mediaeval apocalyptic literature attributed to Daniel. This volume will be of particular interest to biblical scholars and to those who specialise in biblical apocrypha and pseudepigrapha.
J.Y. Jindo proposes that "history is what characterizes prophetic eschatology and myth is what typifies apocalyptic eschatology." The evidence indicates, however, that a concern for history sits at the heart of apocalyptic literature, or at least the historical apocalyptica. Moreover, the nature and presentation of the history in this literature indicates a pervasive and comprehensive apocalyptic historiography. Since apocalyptic literature played a substantial role in ancient and mediaeval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and continues to play some role today—the scope and influences of this historiography might be greater than hitherto envisioned.