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  • Series: The NIV Application Commentary
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House (March 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310206081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310206088
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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From the Publisher

Beginning the Old Testament part of the NIV Application Commentary series, this volume explores the meanings of the book of Daniel in its ancient context, then helps the reader make the leap to modern-day applications.

From the Author

Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of Old Testament at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is the coauthor of Introduction to the Old Testament as well as many other books and articles

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Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies and the chair of the Religious Studies department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he lives with his wife, Alice. He is the Old Testament editor for the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and has authored many articles and books on the Psalms and other Old Testament books.

Customer Reviews

My favorite of 7 commentaries on Daniel.
C2CRev
I tend to resonate with his conclusions, but the writing style is easy to read and the information is generally spot on.
B. Florence
It is helpful to one wanting to think through the book of Daniel.
Aaron M. Hughes

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Longman has produced the first Old Testament volume in the NIV Application series which combines exegesis with practical applications. The book is well written and moves through the book of Daniel at an even pace. Longman is no stranger to critical issues and interpretive problems but does not dwell on them. He writes from a reformed position citing Calvin throughout the book. He takes an amillennial perspective and his discussion of the latter half of Daniel places an emphasis upon historical fulfillment and symbolical interpretation. Even the 70 years of captivity (a number Daniel was reading from the scroll of Jeremiah; Dan 9) are taken symbolically though many would see this as the 70 years Israel was without a temple: 586-615 BC). The book makes frequent reference to New Testament passages and frequently challenges Christians to apply their faith to current situations. Longman provides examples of application and discusses biblical background for helping the process of application move along a clear path. The author's identification of Israel with the Church supports him in his position that Christians "should be working to keep prayer out of public schools," p. 170. Nevertheless, the book provides a balance of exposition and practical application seasoned with the author's methodology throughout and is recommended for those seeking to learn more about this great Old Testament prophet.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By gfweb on February 22, 2003
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This book is part of a series of NIV bible studies written by various authors. The author of this volume, Tremper Longman III, is a professor at Westmont College in California and was previously on the faculty of Westminster Seminary.
The commentary is arranged by chapters and contains sections on the original meaning of the text, the context in relation to the whole Bible, and contemporary significance of the text. His writing is easy to comprehend and pleasant to read. The book would work equally well as reference or as a group Bible study.
Longman is solidly reformed. He resists the temptation to use the prophesy in Daniel to set specific dates for the end-times. In fact, he has publicly debated Harold Camping on just this issue. Although not directly addressed, his traditional approach effectively answers the error promoted by dispensationalists.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C2CRev on September 20, 2007
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My favorite of 7 commentaries on Daniel. Judiciously and succinctly focuses issues. My congregation of 60-98 year olds were looking for sparks to fly when we got to Daniel 9. They'd heard candy stick sermons about the math. They'd seen the powerpoint charts and tagboard posters prior to the modern projection era.
Then, Longman's approach transformed our entire study. It was wonderful. My top-notch Bible student (98) thanked me literally with tears in his eyes, "I've studied this a hundred times, and you got it right. Thank you."
No, thanks Professor Longman. His exegesis of the first half of that chapter transforms everything.
BTW, the reviewer from Florida who wants more depth and breadth on the second half of the chapter and the rest of Daniel--and the OT--will want to get that (and MUCH more) by reading "God Is a Warrior," Longman's outstanding treatment of that motif through the whole Bible--with Dan Reid. I'm sure that's a plenary approach the reviewer would entirely appreciate. My humble suggestion.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1999
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Tremper Longman provides here a very enjoyable book on the meaning and application of the book of Daniel. Like many others, I was familiar with the first half of Daniel (the Lion's Den, etc.), but found it very difficult to understand and apply the second half (Daniel's dreams and visions). This book really explained it well for me. Once started, I couldn't put this book away until I had read it all. Outstanding work; thankyou Mr. Longman.
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52 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Dixon on November 25, 1999
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I have twice taught the book of Daniel and am familiar with the various views both liberal and conservative. I have enjoyed the many practical comments that Dr Longman has made but find myself very disappointed on his lack of willingness to deal with the prophetic parts of the book. His chapter on Daniel Nine is a case in point. He does a great job in helping understand the powerful prayer of Daniel but then completely cops out with the prophecy of the 70 weeks. He says for instance that there are "many" decree's to choose from when deciding when the prophecy timetable starts -- yet he would obviously know there are only 4 decrees. He neither mentions them nor deal with them. After saying he will comment on the 70 weeks he completely ignors any attempt to explain why he believes they are not accurate forward history -- not a word! This is dishonest scholarship. I don't care if he agrees with my exegisis but I would like to at least be able to struggle with some sort of explanation from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian Evaluator on March 3, 2014
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I am a lay person in a mainline denomination that meditates on scripture passages daily. I have commentaries in my library that I use. This commentary is more than useful; it is inspirational. The structure for each chapter includes a section on original meaning that helps the reader understand the context and the language used in the text. Then it has a section on bridging contexts that provides a variety of illustrations of connections between the original context and our current context. The final section discusses the contemporary significance of the chapter, again using a variety of illustrations. Reading the sections leaves me feeling like Daniel was written for believers in the 21st century.
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