Night School for Deeper Learning (Series VII, Session I) with Daniel of the Book of Daniel
September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The Night School is an experience of deep thought. This spiritual exercise activates in those who attend a longing for more depth of life and cultivates in them a greater capacity to explore with intellect and feeling the profound riches of the deep Tradition. Each month, the group is introduced to a new “guest” who were/are profound thinkers or missionaries or musicians or architects or philosophers or painters or poets or theologians or mystics.
Our “Guest” at The Night School, Series 7, is Daniel of the Book of Daniel. We will explore the famous six “folktales” that constitute Daniel 1-6. Read them and enjoy them. They are packed with wisdom that, with God’s help, Rick will help us find and to receive on Tuesday evening. Bring your Old Testament and have it open to the Book of Daniel.
This book takes its name not from the author, who is actually unknown, but from its hero, who was allegedly among the first Jews deported to Babylon, where he lived at least until 538 B.C. Strictly speaking, the book does not belong to the prophetic writings but rather to a distinctive type of literature known as “apocalyptic,” of which it is an early specimen. Apocalyptic writing first appears about 200 B.C. and flourished among Jews and Christians down to the Middle Ages, especially in times of persecution. Apocalyptic literature has its roots in the older teaching of the prophets, who often pointed ahead to the day of the Lord, the consummation of history. For both prophet and apocalyptist there was one Lord of history, who would ultimately vindicate the chosen people. Apocalyptic also has roots in the wisdom tradition. Daniel has the gift of discernment from God. Greek wisdom (represented by the Babylonian “magicians and enchanters”) is ridiculed (see especially chaps. 2 and 5), whereas God reveals hidden things to faithful servants.” [ New American Bible, Revised Edition. (Washington, DC: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011), Daniel.]