The message of Daniel : His kingdom cannot fail /

The Message of Daniel is a unique treatment of this Old Testament prophet that is devotional, homiletical, textual and thoughtful. This is part of The Bible Speaks Today series, and replaces the classic piece by Ronald Wallace. Davis takes the position that Daniel was written by whom it claims to be...

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Author / Creator:Davis, Dale Ralph.
Imprint:Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, 2013.
Description:1 online resource
Language:English
Series:The Bible speaks today
Bible speaks today.
Subject:Bible. -- Daniel -- Commentaries.
Bible. -- Daniel.
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Prophets
Electronic books.
Commentaries.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12588452
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ISBN:0830895612
9780830895618
9780830824380
0830824383
Notes:Includes bibliographical references.
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Summary:The Message of Daniel is a unique treatment of this Old Testament prophet that is devotional, homiletical, textual and thoughtful. This is part of The Bible Speaks Today series, and replaces the classic piece by Ronald Wallace. Davis takes the position that Daniel was written by whom it claims to be written, during the period of time it claims to have been written; but he doesnt spill gallons of ink on laying out all the pros and cons. After the brief, concentrated analysis in the introduction, most of the reasoning arises in short, thoughtful, and sometime humorous, footnotes throughout the work. Even if the reader disagrees, he will gain a new appreciation for the reasonableness of accepting Daniel as an original work written by a real, historical person (Daniel himself) during the actual time it maintains it was written (During the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus and Darius). In the Introduction Davis shows how the book is arranged, the first half recounting the deeds of specific actors, and the second half recording special visions. He also brings out the thematic flow, as well as the linguistic changes (Hebrew to Aramaic back to Hebrew). But again, the author doesnt wear the reader down with loads and loads of highly technical verbiage. He highlights what is essential to know, and then moves on. In The Message of Daniel, the author essentially follows the book of Daniel, from chapter one straight through to chapter twelve. He doesnt work it out like a normal commentary, verse by verse, with tons of Hebrew/Aramaic syntactical-grammatical verbosity cluttering up the page. Instead, the material genuinely lends itself to serious devotional reading, as well as preparing preachers to pull together a sermon series on Daniel. There were one-liners, paragraphs and whole sections that pulled me up short, and re-awakened in me a sense of awe and gratitude. I also found myself worshipfully contemplating the section I had just read throughout the day, rejoicing over some aspect of Gods goodness, or working out what this or that might look like. I would say that most of the commentaries I have read over the years have rarely done any of this to me. Dale Ralph Davis has crafted a useable, understandable, theologically solid work on the book of Daniel ... this material is encouraging, rousing, and healthily sobering ... The message of Daniel, and of Dale Ralph Davis, is meant to bolster faith and faithfulness.
Other form:Print version : Davis, Dale Ralph. Message of Daniel. Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, 2013 9780830824380