Dr. Tawny Holm’s book, Of Courtiers and Kings: The Biblical Daniel Narratives and Ancient Story-Collections, will be published in the series “Explorations in Ancient Near Eastern Cultures,” produced by Eisenbrauns Publishing.
Dr. Holm’s work is a study of the episodic nature of the Book of Daniel in the Bible; in addition to four discrete visions, Daniel contains six independent court tales brought together into a collection.
The monograph seeks to compare Daniel chapters 1–6 first to an explicit definition of the story-collection genre, which is best-known from medieval European literature in books such asThe CanterburyTales, but which first appeared in the EgyptianTales from King Cheops' Court from the second millenium BCE. It then sets Daniel against the context of story-collections and other related material in the ancient Near East and its environs.
The volume is especially unique in its inclusion of Egyptian court tales as parallels to the biblical Daniel courtier stories and in proposing a new understanding of the composition of the Book of Daniel.
Eisenbrauns is the foremost publisher of the ancient Near East and biblical studies in the United States.
Department of Religious Studies