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• Studies in the Book Of Daniel by Robert Dick Wilson •

Published in Two Volumes

ISBN 1-57910-973-X

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Short Biography of Robert Dick Wilson

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Robert Dick Wilson was born February 4, 1856 in the town of Indiana, Pennsylvania…

It's a shame that this book is out of print! Includes a 9–page biography of Robert Dick Wilson written by Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser. Materials about Robert Dick Wilson are scarce to come by, and this book fills a much needed gap. It also contains 34 other biographies of key Evangelicals including:

John Charles Ryle • William Henry Green • John Albert Broadus • Theodore Zahn • Albert Schlatter • Robert Dick Wilson • Geerhardus Vos • A. T. Robertson • Richard Lenski • Oswald T. Allis • Arthur W. Pink • William Hendricksen • Ned Stonehouse • E. M Blaiklock • Merrill Tenney • E. J. Young • Merrill Unger • F. F. Bruce • George Ladd • William LaSor • John Wenham • Bruce Metzger • Leon Morris • Donald Guthrie • Donald J. Wiseman • R. K. Harrison • Joyce Baldwin • J. Barton Payne • Ralph Martin • Walter Kaiser • Gordon Fee • Edwin Yamauchi • Peter Craigie • D. A. Carson • Nicolas Wright

Edited by Walter A. Elwell & J. D. Weaver; Baker Books 1999, 445 pages

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Daniel, Tyndale Old Testament Commentary

by Joyce Baldwin

Traditional View

An affordable, insightful Daniel commentary by a respected conservative scholar. Very readable, but challenging. The 70–page introduction to the Book of Daniel and extensive footnotes may be more than most lay readers would need. OTOH, if you are especially interested in the critical issues regarding the historical background and authenticity of Daniel, Baldwin touches on them all with rigor. The verse-by-verse is very good, but brief at points; if you want something that thrashes through every detail, this won’t fill the bill. While Baldwin is conservative, she is not beholden to any particular interpretation and holds her own admirably, sparring with fellow scholars in the ample footnotes.

Baldwin includes special notes on Nebuchadnezzar's dream statue, the prayer of Nabonidus, the 'son of man,' and interpretations of the seventy sevens. (She holds the seventy weeks of chapter nine to be ‘symbolic rather than arithmetic.’) These serve to deal with interesting issues requiring more discussion than the concise exegesis characteristic of this series would normally allow..

Probably the best deal for the money. A definite recommendation for a beginning to intermediate commentary or especially for a tight budget. A solid investment.

Bargain Price ~ Evangelical ~ Concise Exposition ~ Personal Application

InterVarsity Press, 210 pages, 1978.

Read a few quotes from Baldwin

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Daniel, Geneva Commentary Series

by Edward J. Young

Traditional View

Fair commentary for grasping the meaning of the text from a solid scholar, but a bit dated having been published in 1949. Thorough and very conservative. One of the most thorough conservative commentaries in print. It does touch on every verse in detail. The writing strikes me as somewhat bland, but a solid conservative work by a respected scholar who taught at Westminster Theological Seminary and defended the basic historicity of the Book of Daniel. Young’s strength lies in his knowledge of the Semitic languages, thorough familiarity of the Bible, and devotion to an evangelical perspective. A bit pricey.

Pricey ~ Evangelical ~ Detailed Exposition ~ Personal Application

Banner of Truth. 332 pages. 1949.

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Are you inept?

Daniel: God's Word for the Biblically Inept

by Daymond R. Duck

Traditional View

I finally picked up a copy. Actually got it at EBay, as I didn't want to be seen in a bookstore with it. While I may be inept, but don't look to advertise the fact. This book is really designed for the beginner, written at a high school level, and filled with interesting graphics, historical tidbits, and quick sound-bite-style quotes. The presentation is appealing and very user friendly. Daymond uses the NIV text, which is a fine choice, but may not rest well with much of his target audience.

Daniel for the Biblically Inept is really more of an extended Bible study promoting premillenial dispensationalism than a commentary on the Book of Daniel. It force feeds its own fundamentalist views without any hint that there are other views—excepting “the critics” who are depicted as a sad lot of bumbling, godless, hucksters. If you would like a simplistic, hyper-conservative explanation of Daniel and have no interest in what scholars, conservative or critical, are saying, then this is your lucky day.

Many of the quoted sources are misleading or quite dated—is it really accurate to describe Uriah Smith, who died in 1903, as “a former pastor and author of several books?” Nothing against Uriah per se, but where's the beef, where are the real scholars? This book could have been greatly strengthened if it had drawn upon a few solid conservative scholars like Joyce Baldwin, Donald Wiseman, Gleason Archer, Robert Dick Wilson, or Edward J. Young. It's very curious that Daymond Duck makes no attempt to avail himself of this arsenal. Instead he relies on shallow parallels from the headlines finding danger at every turn and all but declaring that the apocalypse is at hand. Certainly this is more than a little disappointing. Duck misleads by drawing comments from the unredoubtable Billy Graham. A check of the footnotes confirms that the Graham quotations aren't really about Daniel at all, but taken from the 1975 work entitled Angels. Billy Graham is even listed on the cover as though he actively contributed to this mess. It is really shameful. Checking other footnotes, one discovers many are “prophecy newsletters,” taped messages, and radio programs—more chatter than actual scholarship! I really wish this book had *not* relied upon self-proclaimed “prophecy experts” like Hal Lindsey for so much of the content of this book. By the way, Duck also declares himself a prophecy expert (see page 8). Well, Mr. Hal Lindsey, move over, a Duck is in the house.

Many of the comments and sidebars are really sound-bite drivel. This is in-group material intended for the most hyper of conservatives. I can't imagine what a non-Christian would think while reading some of this stuff. It's really laughable. Check out this inept advice:

"The Book of Daniel will be helpful to those who miss the Rapture to know how to identify the beginning of the Tribulation Period, what group of nations will rule the world, and who will be their last leader." (p.8)

Many of the silliest quotes are bull and come from Bible in the News:

“A CNN news report estimates that at least 300 of today's Fortune 500 companies use astrologers in one way or another.” (p. 39)

“Ford executives consulted astrologer Joyce Jillson of Sherman Oaks, California, for good dates to introduce their redesigned Taurus, itself named after the second sign of the zodiac.” (p. 41)

Does this junk even belong in a commentary? Is this the stuff of “prophecy experts?” This is the National Enquirer of commentaries. Please reach a bit higher. It's okay to start out inept, but do you really want to remain inept?

Inexpensive ~ Fundamentalist ~ Written for Laymen ~ Personal Application

Starburst Publishers. 304 pages. 1998.

The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Volume 7: Daniel and the Minor Prophets

by Gleason Archer (Note: Dr. Archer died April 27, 2004 at the age of 87)

Traditional View

Stalwart Defense of Daniel’s Authenticity

Dr. Gleason Archer provides the ‘Daniel’ portion of this commentary, carrying on in the the tradition of the great Robert Dick Wilson. Likewise, a distinguished Biblical linguist, Archer defends a strong, very conservative view of the Book of Daniel without apology. Never one to waffle on the issues, you’ll appreciate the succinct, straight–forward exposition that characterizes this work. The flip side of this coin is that Archer can be polemic at points, dismissing liberal views with the same disdain they often give to evangelical works.

As an example of his very conservative interpretation, Archer holds the seventy weeks of Daniel chapter nine to be a calculable prophetic date.

Archer handles the critical issues in a section called Special Problems and this is his strong suite:

 Nebuchadnezzar’s Invasion • Chaldeans As Soothsayers • Nebuchadnezzar’s Madness • King Belshazzar • Darius The Mede •  Composite Authorship • Alleged Greek Words • Aramaic Of Daniel • Hebrew Of Daniel • Alleged Prophecy After The Event

In the area of literary analysis and  the genre of apocalyptic literature, Archer’s volume falls short. Archer’s exposition is meager at points.

This volume also contains commentaries on all of the Minor Prophets (not by Archer), so it is economical if you are seeking to build your library, but it is a bit pricey if you’re just buying it for Daniel. The portion actually dedicated to the Book of Daniel is 155 pages, which means it is brief at points. Zondervan. 1985. 

Pricey (Contains other commentaries besides Daniel) ~ Evangelical, But Somewhat Polemic ~ Limited Exposition

See all Expositor’s Series See all books by Gleason Archer

Daniel, NIV Application Commentary

by Tremper Longman III

Traditional View

Longman (Ph.D. Yale University. Currently Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College). Written at a popular level and a good starting point for studying Daniel with an eye towards practical application and reverence for the word of God. Longman is a respected evangelical scholar. Value priced as well.

Bargain Price ~ Evangelical ~ Written for Laymen ~ Personal Application

Zondervan. 320 pages. 1999.

See all NIV Application Series commentaries

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Daniel, New American Commentary

by Stephen Miller

Traditional View

(Based upon browsing the text…) Very conservative commentary. I like the author’s direct, clear prose. Addresses critical issues adeptly. This is a detailed, intermediate level commentary. I noticed that Talbot Seminary is using this text in a class on “Understanding Revelation.” Holds the seventy weeks of chapter nine to be a calculable prophetic date.

Moderate Price ~ Evangelical ~ Detailed Exposition ~ Personal Application

Broadman & Holman. 576 pages. 1994.

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The Message of Daniel

by Ronald S. Wallace

Traditional View

Originally published under the title The Lord is King: The Message of Daniel in 1979 in the United States. Ronald Wallace is retired Professor Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and served as pastor in the Church of Scotland. This commentary is narrative in form and strongly targeted at personal application of Daniel’s message to today’s reader. Much of the book reads as a sermon or as a teacher exhorting his students to press on in the Christian life.

Wallace does start with a brief overview of the critical issues paying homage to the proper authorities, assuring the reader of his sound footings and we would expect no less from InterVarsity Press. I would consider this work an introductory survey of the themes of Daniel for those not desiring word–by–word exegesis.

Inexpensive ~ Evangelical ~ Sermon-Style ~ Personal Application

InterVarsity Press. 200 pages. Reprint 1984.


New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition

Edited by G. J. Wenham, J. A. Motyer, R. T. France, D. A. Carson

Bible Commentary One Volume

Want the facts and issues quick and concise? Confused by a particular passage? One volume commentaries usually disappoint, but this is an exception. Written by solid evangelical scholars and containing articles signed by the responsible author, this reference has comments that are focused and worthwhile. This means you won't get hosed with an oddball interpretation. This volume is a good starting point if you are new to Bible study and need some help with understanding particular passages, but not ready for full commentaries. Or you just need something to fill the gaps in your library.

It is evangelical with some use of moderate critical methods.

Bargain Price ~ Evangelical ~ Brief Exposition

InterVarsity Press. 1340 pages. 1994.



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