This vision takes two chapters. We’ve seen in the last chapter how Daniel, despite his outward success as a top administrator for the king, is miserable about being displaced. Here he mourns for three weeks before the vision appears.
An angel gleaming in light comes first. It’s so vivid. I read the wikipedia article about Daniel yesterday and it took such an agnostic tone, saying Daniel didn’t actually exist, the book was a compilation of folk tales. But the event describes like a moment in someone’s life. If it wasn’t Daniel, it was someone with some name. It has a documentary feeling.
This time Daniel was walking near the Tigris with an entourage. I’d love to list mundane things the bible says people were doing when God intervenes in their lives. Abraham was with some sheep. The disciples were fishing.
The angel introduces God who is a man. The angels appearance has been extraordinary. This is just “a man”. Christ bells start ringing.
Daniel exhausted and weak as ever when the vision happens, is given time and the touch of God to recover.
But then for so exalted a vision the content starts out very ephemeral… We’re straight into local politics.