Monday, November 19, 2018

christ the queen/reign of christ year b - daniel

This text was queeried by periodic queerier, River Needham.

Tanakh - Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
As I looked on, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took Her seat. Her garment was like white snow, and the hair of Her head was like lamb's wool. Her throne was tongues of flame; its wheels were blazing fire. A river of fire streamed forth before Her; thousands upon thousands served Her; myriads upon myriads attended Her; the court sat and the books were opened.

As I looked on, in the night vision, one like a human being came with the clouds of heaven; ze reached the Ancient of Days and was presented to Her. Dominion, glory, and queenship were given to hir; all peoples and nations of every language must serve hir. Hir dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and hir queenship, one that shall not be destroyed.

Queeries for the text:
When was this text written? Who was it for?
What is missing, and to what does it refer?
Who is the Ancient of Days?
Where else do white or snow show up in the Tanakh? What might this be referencing? What color and texture is pure wool? How can these metaphors challenge racism in our context?
What is a River of Fire?
When have humans come from the clouds of heaven?
Who is this human one?
What is dominion? How is it different from glory and queenship? Why is this a bad idea?

What are your queeries?

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