“The Bible” is actually a library, containing many books which contain several genres, that tells one unified story. There are genres like narrative, law, poetry, letters, and everything in between. You name the genre, and it’s likely that it’s in in Scripture somewhere.
This diversity makes Scripture more beautiful. Imagine if we had only poetry, or law, or narrative. Praise the Lord that we have a well-rounded collection of books!
The second half of the book of Daniel, chapters 7 through 12, are just plain weird. How are we supposed to engage these passages of apocalyptic prophetic poetry?
We’d be unfaithful readers to form an inflexible theology and community around complex passages, but we’d also be unfaithful to act like these passages don’t exist. So we proceed humbly. We're carefully cautious and respectfully reserved as we seek to understand and apply the Bible to our lives.
With that said, there are three essential tools for reading Scripture well: Genre, Context, and yes, Courage.