Daniel: psychological development of a master biblical dream interpreter

Henry Abramovitch*

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This article describes the growth and development of Daniel as a master Biblical dream interpreter. In his clinical use of dreams, he is compared to a contemporary Jungian analyst who faces difficult clinical dilemmas such as interpreting a dream that is forgotten, understanding the difference between a ‘big dream’ and a personal dream, as well as the situation when a dream is interpreted within a dream. Daniel's technique is compared to traditional Jewish dream rituals. Although the Book of Daniel is usually considered as a series of disconnected episodes, the author argues that the sequence of chapters reveals the process of Daniel's individuation as described by Neumann's concept of centroversion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-111
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Analytical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Bible
  • Daniel
  • Neumann
  • Talmud
  • big dreams versus personal dreams
  • centroversion
  • dream incubation
  • dream interpretation
  • dream rituals


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