Like Esther, Daniel is set in a foreign court and telling to the trials and triumphs of exiled Judeans and is packed with humour at the expense of the imperial overlords.
In this podcast I’m following an article by Hector Avalos from CBQ and focusing on the repeated lists of Dan 3. For his comparison text Avalos went to the early English Piers Ploughman but I’ll refer to “How the Whale got his throat” from the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (for obvious reasons 😉
Audio file: Humour in the Bible: book 27: Daniel the humour of lists
Avalos, Hector I. “The comedic function of the enumerations of officials and instruments in Daniel 3.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 53, no. 4 (October 1991): 580-9.