[b-hebrew] Who is "him" at Daniel 11:1?

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Mon Jan 9 09:49:54 EST 2006


Dear Sergio,

> 
>Artscroll-Mesorah, representing traditional Jewish interpretation, puts  
>Daniel 10:20-11:1 in the same one paragraph:
>"He said: Do you know why I came to you? Now I will return to do battle  with 
>the heavenly prince of Persia; then I will depart.  But behold -- the  
>heavenly prince of Greece approaches.  However, I will tell you what is  inscribed 
>in truthful writing.  No one reinforces me against these, except  your heavenly 
>prince, Michael; and I, in the first year of Darius the Mede,  stood up as a 
>support and stronghold for him."
> 
>That the thoughts follow without a break, with Darius mentioned only  
>casually, strongly suggests that the referent "him" goes back to Michael.   Thus it 
>is understood by traditional Jewish commentators, with the exception of  
>Abarbanel.  Concerning the angel's standing up for "him," Artscroll-Mesorah  says: 
>"i.e., for Michael, the previously-mentioned heavenly prince of the Jews  
>(Rashi)."
> 
>In a message dated 01/09/2006 4:00:46 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
>sesamox at hotmail.com writes:
>
>So, this  commentary assumes that "him" is Darius. However, if we read the 
>preceding  verses, which were written without a break, we could also 
>understand that  "him" is "Michael", and the allusion to Darius is a mere 
>indication of the  year.
>
>Could you tell me some arguments for and against this  interpretation?
>  
>


HH: My reading of this commentary interprets it to suppose "Michael" is 
"him," not "Darius." That's what the following words indicate:

Concerning the angel's standing up for "him," Artscroll-Mesorah  says: 
"i.e., for Michael, the previously-mentioned heavenly prince of the Jews  
(Rashi)."



Yours,
Harold Holmyard




>Thanks
>Sergio
>
>
>
>
>
>
>_______________________________________________
>b-hebrew mailing list
>b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
>http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-hebrew
>
>.
>
>  
>




More information about the b-hebrew mailing list