Title

Between Text and Sermon: Daniel 3

Document Type

Review

Publication Title

Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology

Abstract

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the three young men who brave the fiery furnace rather than worship an idol, has the feel of a folktale. The lengthy repetitions (Dan 3:2,3, and Dan 3:5,7,10), the exaggerations (e.g., the enormous size of the golden statue, the incredible heat of the furnace that kills those who even approach it), the brave heroes, the horrible threat, and the happy ending mark the tale as one to be told orally to a delighted audience. It is not surprising that a popular song in mid-twentieth-century America retold the story (many versions are available on YouTube, with several by Louis Armstrong), nor that children learn it in Sunday School.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/0020964316688054

Publication Date

3-2017

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