Books About Daniel - Commentaries
• Studies in the Book Of Daniel by Robert Dick Wilson •
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Robert Dick Wilson was born February 4, 1856 in the town of
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
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
Walter A. Elwell &
J. D. Weaver; Baker Books 1999, 445 pages
Bible Interpreters Of The Twentieth Century
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Daniel Commentaries •
Daniel, Tyndale Old Testament Commentary
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..
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
See other books by Joyce Baldwin
Daniel, Geneva Commentary Series
Edward J. Young
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.
See other books by Edward Young
Daniel: God's Word for the Biblically Inept
Daymond R. Duck
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
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
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
Written for Laymen ~ Personal Application
Starburst Publishers. 304 pages. 1998.
The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Volume 7: Daniel and the Minor Prophets
Dr. Archer died April 27, 2004 at the age of 87)
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
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
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
Tremper Longman III
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
See all books by Tremper Longman
Daniel, New American Commentary
(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.
See all books by Stephen Miller
The Message of Daniel
Ronald S. Wallace
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.
~ Evangelical ~ Sermon-Style ~ Personal Application
InterVarsity Press. 200 pages. Reprint
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
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
It is evangelical with some use of moderate critical methods.
Price ~ Evangelical ~ Brief Exposition
InterVarsity Press. 1340 pages. 1994.
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