Old Testament

The Book of Daniel

Daniel 4-5 Discussion Questions

Questions for reflection

1. Compare Daniel’s attitude to the pagan kings in the two chapters?

2. How do we understand Nebuchadnezzar’s madness?

3. Compare and contrast the figures of Nebuchadnezzar and
Belshazzar?

4. Why is Daniel so unsympathetic and confrontational towards Belshazzar?

5. Are these stories subversive? Or basically supportive of Gentile rule?

6. Are there lessons of lasting value in these stories?

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