By P. D. James
Good-looking Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died putting by means of the neck with a faint hint of lipstick on his higher lip. while the reputable verdict is suicide, his prosperous father hires fledgling inner most investigator Cordelia grey to determine what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers in its place is a twisting path of secrets and techniques and sins -- and the powerful smell of murder.
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Hanson, “Jewish Apocalyptic Against its Near Eastern Environment,” RB 78 (1971): 35. Christopher Rowland, The Open Heaven: A Study of Apocalyptic in Judaism and Early Christianity (New York: Crossroad, 1982), 14. So Brown, Semitic Background, 6; KB V: 1980-81; Shaul Shaked, From Zoroastrian Iran to Islam: Studies in Religious History and Intercultural Contacts (VCS; Aldershot, Hampshire: Variorum, 1995), 175-213. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations are from NASB-Updated Edition. Term “Mystery“ in Daniel 21 time the word z∂r is used, both the OG and Theodotion consistently translate it musth/rion.
History of Interpretation For many years, the term mystery has been the topic of considerable debate as it relates to the NT. A sketch of every published essay or discussion of mystery is impossible, so we will restrict ourselves to major figures. Generally, two streams of interpretation exist: the occurrence of mystery in the pagan environment such as the mystery cults, Gnosticism, magic, and philosophy; and the use of mystery in the OT, particularly, the book of Daniel, Second Temple Judaism, and the NT.
Mertens likewise notes the connection between 2:20-23 and mystery (Das Buch Daniel, 118). 28 Mystery in Daniel mons the Babylonian diviners and commands them to relate the dream because his “spirit is anxious to understand the dream” (2:3, 5-6, 8-9). But because the Babylonian wise men are unable to relate to the king either the dream or the interpretation (2:4, 7, 10-11), Nebuchadnezzar decrees that all the wise men in Babylon are to be destroyed (2:12-13). After catching wind of this drastic measure from Arioch (2:14-15), Daniel approaches the king and begs for time, so that he may “declare the interpretation” to Nebuchadnezzar.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray, Book 1) by P. D. James