“Practical and enriching”. These are the words you will be thinking when you finish “The Message of Daniel” by Dale Ralph Davis, as it is one of the most well exit books on Daniel that I have had the privilege of reading. This book is parts of the ever-growing series called “The Bible Speaks Today”, produced by IVP Academic. “The Bible Speaks Today” is a thoroughly Evangelical series which serves as an introduction as well as practicality explaining the Book of Daniel through a thoroughly Reformed perspective.
In the introduction, with regard to the dating of Daniel, Davis argues well for an early date, I abet briefly, against critical arguments for older dating. His arguments systematically destroy any critical arguments that have been put forth to this time. His arguments are up today and even focus on the most critical and modern viewpoints, even ones that have just recently been published.
Davis is a excellent old testament exegete specifically and when it comes to Babylonian exile history, it shines in this volume. Davis makes sure that the reader is getting an important look into the culture of the day and its influence on the text. Through this process Davis brings about conclusions which are gold for any pastor preaching exegetically through the Book of Daniel.
After exegeting the narrative portion of Daniel, Davies tackles the prophetic portion, chapters 7 through 12. Almost, there are not many commentaries which resent this position in favorable light, yet Davis argues for this you would great tenacity and explains the on position in a clear and easy to understand way. Even those who hold to a post or premillennial view will come away with a greater understanding of this Millennial View periods in the end Davis demonstrates why he is one of the greatest Old Testament scholar of the modern age, which makes this introduction to the Book of Daniel a must-read by pastors preaching or Layman teaching through the Book of Daniel either in the Pulpit or in the Sunday School room. I highly recommend this volume as an aid in either of these circumstances.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
The Message of Daniel (BST)
© 2016 by Dale Ralph Davis
Publisher: IVP Academic
Page Count: 173 Pages