Encountering the Old Testament, 3rd Edition

A Christian Survey

series: Encountering Biblical Studies

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31. Daniel: The Kingdom of God—Now and Forever

Discussion Questions

  1. What lessons can we learn from studying the life of Daniel?
  2. What is the value of the apocalyptic nature of the book of Daniel?
  3. In what ways can we see the sovereignty of God in the book of Daniel?
  4. How important is it for a clear date for the writing of the book of Daniel to be confirmed?
  5. What are some characteristics of the book of Daniel that would indicate that it was apocalyptic literature?
  6. How do you think Daniel’s visions would be accepted today?

Class Activities

  1. Divide the class into eight groups. Assign one of the characteristics of apocalyptic literature to each group. Ask the groups to find the examples of the characteristic in the book of Daniel. Conclude the class with a review of all of the groups’ efforts. Class time allowed: 25 minutes.