By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ancient of Days

In a recent biblical Aramaic class, we translated this famous passage from the book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament:

The Ancient of Days Reigns

9 “As I looked,

thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

11 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

Source: English Standard Version at this link.

It is a thrill for a believer to translate these words from the original language.

It reinforces the thrill of exuberant praise as seen in this YouTube video that I recommend you enjoy with generous clapping: