Daniel’s structure is a puzzle. The work is written in two languages that divide the book into three parts (Da 1; 2-7; 8-12); there are also two genres (narrative and apocalyptic) that divide the book into two parts that do not correspond to the language structure (Da 1-6; 7-12).
This study is based on Daniel Arnold's doctoral thesis in which Daniel is analysed from the perspective of parallelism and duality, which are basic paradigms of Hebrew communication. Parallelisms and progression enhance meaning. The seven visions reveal a progression in clarity and the oppression of the faithful is expressed through the progressive hardening of kings and pagan kingdoms.