Greek Apocalypse of Daniel

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The Greek Apocalypse of Daniel is a Christian pseudepigraphic text (one whose claimed authorship is unfounded) attributed to the Biblical Daniel and so associated with the Old Testament, but not regarded as scripture by Jews or any Christian group. The canonical Book of Daniel has much apocalyptic imagery, and this apocalyptic-style text deals with a similar subject. It was rediscovered and published at the end of 19th century. It shall not be confused with numerous other medieval works ascribed to Daniel or to Methodius, as the Syriac Apocalypse of Daniel of the seventh century, the Hebrew Apocalypse of Daniel of the twelfth century or the Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius.

The Apocalypse of Daniel has been written in Greek in the Byzantine Empire on about the early years of the ninth century CE. The original date of certain elements could be centuries earlier than that of the document as a whole.[1]

This text can be divided in two sections. The first one (chapters 1-7) predicts the Byzantine–Arab War of the eighth century and the enthronement of Charlemagne. The remaining chapters (8-14) describe the origin and personal characteristics of the AntiChrist.

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  1. ^ G.T. Zervos Apocalypse of Daniel, a new Translation and Introduction in ed. James Charlesworth The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol 1 ISBN 0-385-09630-5 (1983)

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