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Daniel BCC – 11/28/11

 

Revised Edition of John F. Walvoord’s Commentary

DANIEL

[sidebar] This Walvoord masterpiece presents the beauties of Daniel’s prophecies in the light of modern archeological evidence. Companion to his commentary on Revelation, this major contribution to prophetic research has now been updated and expanded by Philip E. Rawley and Charles H. Dyer. Now using the English Standard Version (ESV), the commentary text has been streamlined and refined.

 

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This expositional commentary on Daniel is accurate, up-to-date, and readable.  Daniel goes beyond a mere presentation of the author’s interpretation of Old Testament prophecy. It quotes Bible scholars from various corners of the theological ring to help the reader discover the meaning of Scripture for themselves.

This major contribution to prophetic research emphasizes the value and genuineness of Daniel. It considers:

                Alleged historical inaccuracies

                Difficult-to-interpret phrases

                Apocryphal additions

                Use of Persian and Greek words

                Historical background of Bible events

                Past and future fulfillments of specific prophecies

Any pastor or teacher of Daniel will appreciate this unusually thorough and well outlined commentary that captures the heartbeat of a young prophet who spoke boldly for God.

 

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About the Author

JOHN F. WALVOORD (A.B., D.D., Wheaton College; A.M., Texas Christian University; Th.B., Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary), former president of Dallas Theological Seminary and editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, America's oldest theological quarterly, was recognized as one of the leading evangelical theologians in America and an authority on systematic theology and eschatology. His academic background and extensive travel in the Middle East greatly enriched his theological and eschatological studies. He authored numerous books on theology and biblical prophecy, including The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ Our Lord, and Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation.

CHARLES DYER (B.A., Washington Bible College; Th.M. and Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) served as provost and dean of education at Moody Bible Institute before becoming Professor-at-Large of Bible at Moody and host of The Land and the Book radio program. Before coming to Moody, Charlie served for 20 years in multiple administrative and faculty roles at Dallas Theological Seminary - ultimately serving as Executive Vice President under Chuck Swindoll. In addition to his role as host of The Land and the Book radio program, Charlie is an Old Testament scholar and an authority on Middle Eastern history and geography. He also serves as Associate Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Sun City, Arizona. Charlie has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East for more than 30 years, leading more than 80 trips. He is the author of numerous books, including A Voice in the Wilderness, What's Next?, The New Christian Traveler's Guide, Character Counts: The Power of Personal Integrity, and Thirty Days in the Land with Jesus. His most recent book is The Isis Crisis. Charlie and his wife, Kathy, have been married for more than 40 years and have two grown children.
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Product Details

  • Series: The John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; Revised ed. edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802417442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802417442
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Walvoord's commentary on Daniel has been a great help as I have endeavored to understand the Book of Daniel. I thought that Walvoord argued his interpretation well and felt his inclusion of scholars such as Keil, Leupold, Gaebelein, and others provided excellent insight. Walvoord is concerned with showing the discrepancies and inaccuracies in the interpretation of liberal scholars, such as Montgomery. Walvoord contronts those who take a second century B.C. date for the Book of Daniel head on, and shows the illogical process of their thought. Walvoord shows both their preconceived misconceptions of prophecy and authorship, as well as inaccurate conclusions on those misconceptions. The book also discusses evangelicals who are different in interpretations from amillennial and premillennial positions. There are arguments among scholars over the smallest of things such as rivers, and to things of enormous significance, such as the interpretation of Media-Persia as the second empire, or the second and third empires. However, it was clear that Walvoord wrote from a scholarly standpoint and was not very concerned with the edification of the reader. While the mind was challenged greatly to think, the heart was hardly even warmed over the historical, and hermeneutical debate. Walvoord fails to explain the significance of the Book of Daniel as giving great hope to us that God is faithful to his promises, that He is sovereign over the governments of men, and that upon the culmination of the end, He will still be in complete control. This is why I say the book is four stars rather than five. The book fed the mind in ample portions, but the spirit is only fed by the actual Biblical text on which Walvoord comments.
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This commentary on the Old Testament book of Daniel is noteworthy for its detail and its coupling of the author's dispensational interpretation with presentation and analyses of alternate interpretations and their inadequacies. But for the endtimes ("eschatology") novice, I'd suggest first reading Renald Showers' Daniel commentary, 'The Most High God,' since it's purpose does not include critiquing other views, but stays focused on a concise, readable, less overwhelming exposition of Daniel. (In case you're unfamiliar with Daniel altogether, Walvoord and Christians of dispensationalist theology consider Daniel to be the "Key to Prophetic Revelation" as title says, because Daniel chapters 2 and 7 give the broad panorama of Gentile kingdoms (including the final one to come), and most importantly, because Daniel chapter 9:24-27 tells of God's post-Babylonian captivity plan for Israel, including the upcoming 7-year period commonly referred to as "the tribulation," when the Antichrist reigns, and which is foundational for an understanding of the book of Revelation which details this period.)
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The realm of biblical prophecy is filled with books pushing a specific interpretation of the author's favorite scriptures. This book is a welcome exception to that rule. Although the author unapologetically belongs to the dispensationalist school of thought, he is not determined to convince you of a specific interpretation within that school. He is not specifically pre or mid tribulational. He is not trying to inspire you with the soon coming of Christ. He is trying to interpret the book of Danial accurately and well. He accomplishes his purpose.

I read this book over 30 years ago, when I was a teenager, and it's tone and methodology has permeated my life every since. I am now a Bible teacher myself and have come back to this book when I wish to give an over-view of the book of Daniel to my students.
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I have read some of Walvoord's other books and found him t be thorough. My wife and I have been studying Daniel, Matthew 24-25 and Reveltion for a few years now, along with reading the Bible each year. To get a more thourough understanding of Revelation, you should understand Daniel and Matthew 24-25. To this end it has been a great book. If you want to know all the various philosophies of both conservative and liberal Christians, it is a great book. He tells you what all these various people think then gives you his conclusions. So far I have found his thought process to be right on.
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Walvoord's work on Daniel avoids all the common pitfalls. He is not credulous, doesn't exaggerate, deals with data fairly, and accurately critiques liberal unbelief convincingly.

Of the tons of books I've read dealing with Daniel, none can compare with Walvoord's scholarship and insight. If you want to understand Daniel, you must read this book carefully.

Dennis McCallum, author Organic Disciplemaking: How to promote Christian leadership development through personal relationships, biblical discipleship, mentoring, and Christian community
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This book should be in every Christian's library of biblical scholarship.

The early Christians relied heavily on Daniel. Which is why there are so many liberals scholars who attack Daniel, especially the dating of Daniel.

Walvoord responds to their criticisms, one by one, demolishing them utterly.

"The denial that the book was in existence in the sixth century BC disregards the three citations referring to Daniel in Ezekiel" (p 10). Liberal scholars try to get around these citations by insisting they refer to a different Daniel.

However, the Daniel they refer to worshiped Baal.

The discoveries at Qumran has tended to push the dating for many of the books of the Old Testament. And it has done so also for Daniel.

"The evidence against the canonicity of Daniel is without support" (p 21) today.

Some liberal scholars refuse to believe that apocalyptic works were known in the 6th century BC. Walvoord points out this "is of course answered by the contemporary work of Ezekiel" (p 21).

As for the unending number of textual problems liberal scholars claim to see, Walvoord points out that they contradict one another, "testifying to the subjective character of these criticism" (p 22).

Some liberal scholars cite historical inaccuracies. However, they never note "that it would be most unusual for a writer in the second century BC to have had intimate knowledge of Babylonian history" (p 23) as, clearly, the author of Daniel does.

A very fine book of scholarship, and written so that it is accessible for anyone interested in the subject.
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