Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine (Daniel Berrigan Reprint)

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During the Vietnam War, Berrigan, poet and priest, poured napalm on draft files, landed in federal prison, and galvanized a protest movement that eventually turned the tide against the war. Thirty years later he is still at it, inspiring a new generation of questioners and seekers in classrooms, and at conferences and retreats

In Daniel, Berrigan reflects on his namesake and role model, the ancient seer of Hebrew fame. But this is no pious Sunday school drivel. Continuing the series he began with Isaiah and Ezekiel, Berrigan fuses social critique, Jewish midrash, and political commentary to bring us a book stylistic distinction and spiritual depth.

Daniel reveals the deep biblical moorings beneath Berrigan's fabled activism, and demonstrates why he has become a trusted mentor for three generations of pacifists and resisters. A bold and unorthodox application of the Old Testament to current political and social discourse, Daniel is not simply a book about a bygone prophet, but a powerful charge to all people of conscience.

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About the Author:

An activist, writer, professor, and public speaker, Daniel Berrigan S.J. lives in New York City, where he is a member of West Side Jesuit Community. The author of more than forty books, he teaches part time at Fordham University and holds workshops at conferences and retreats around the world.

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Poet, priest and activist Daniel Berrigan brings the biblical book of Daniel alive in this narrative and commentary. Written probably in the fourth century B.C., the book of Daniel tells the story of Daniel's great obedience to his faith even in the face of persecution. Although Jews do not read the book as prophecy, many Christians believe the book is a foretelling of the end times. Berrigan's eloquent and poetic reading, however, emphasizes the political and religious character of the book, and he applies the message of Daniel to contemporary culture. Each chapter opens with a lengthy passage from the biblical book itself and is followed by Berrigan's commentary and reflections on the passage. His meditations are dominated by questions like, "Shall we claim one another in God's name, renouncing the world's tactics?murder, hatred, and injustice?" Berrigan tries to show how the book reveals that "emptiness lies behind the fearsome brows of the powerful." Berrigan's fiery prose illuminates both his own passion and that of the book of Daniel.
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