Daniel 7:10

Hebrew Bible

8 “As I was contemplating the horns, another horn—a small one—came up between them, and three of the former horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This horn had eyes resembling human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant things. 9 “While I was watching, thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His attire was white like snow; the hair of his head was like lamb’s wool. His throne was ablaze with fire, and its wheels were all aflame. 10 A river of fire was streaming forth and proceeding from his presence. Many thousands were ministering to him; many tens of thousands stood ready to serve him. The court convened, and the books were opened.

1 Enoch 71:9


9 And they came forth from that house, And Michael and Gabriel, Raphael and Phanuel, And many holy angels without number. 10 And with them the Head of Days, His head white and pure as wool, And His raiment indescribable. 11 And I fell on my face, And my whole body became relaxed, And my spirit was transfigured; And I cried with a loud voice, . . .with the spirit of power, And blessed and glorified and extolled. 12 And these blessings which went forth out of my mouth were well pleasing before that Head of Days.

 Notes and References

"... Another important feature of the Similitudes is that the second power in this text is explicitly linked to its earthly counterpart in the form of the seventh antediluvian patriarch, Enoch. This development manifests a new step in comparison with Daniel 7 where the Son of Man is not openly linked to his earthly correlative. This understanding of the second power as the heavenly counterpart of a human seer plays a significant role in many other early two powers theophanies, including the Exagoge, 2 Enoch, and the Ladder of Jacob. The heavenly counterpart tradition serves as the formative blueprint for early Christian developments, where the Son of Man figure becomes a designation for the heavenly identity of the Christian exemplar. The seeds of this understanding - that is, of the second power as a heavenly counterpart of an earthly seer - is already present in 1 Enoch 71:9–14, in which Enoch is identified as the second power in the form of the Son of Man ..."

Orlov, Andrei The Glory of the Invisible God: Two Powers in Heaven Traditions and Early Christology (p. 21) T&T Clark, 2019

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