The biblical apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation are, for better or worse, polarizing. Interpreters have long read
and searched these books for clues about how their worlds will "end," which each new interpreter promising to have "unlocked"
how Daniel and Revelation work together to uncover a divine plan for prophetic fulfillment. Redding uses the Vision of the
Fourth Beast from Daniel 7 as a case study to consider how interpretations of texts take on lives of their own, eventually
wedding interpretation with text and prompting the question: what even is a text? Is it what is on the page, something interpreters
put there, or a combination of both? Starting with the literature of the Levant, this work traces the use of motifs, images,
and themes through Daniel, Revelation, and into pre-Enlightenment Christian thinkers to consider hermeneutical trajectories
that shaped (and continue to shape) how modern readers engage biblical apocalyptic literature.