With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology by James M. Hamilton is one of the newer volumes in the longstanding series New Studies In Biblical Theology by IVP Academic Publishing. This admirable series is edited by D.A. Carson is renowned for its impeccable research, its engagement with current scholarship, and conformity to the basic tenants of orthodoxy. The book of Holy Scripture which this volume focuses on is on the book of Daniel.
Now Daniel is a short narrative of scripture with lots of prophecy, one which has intrigued and fascinated Pastors and Scholars alike. Furthermore the book of Daniel has a long and broad history of interpretation. With the Clouds of Heaven, strives to explore the vast landscape of various Biblical Theological interpretations of Daniel while evaluating which interpretations are sound with some advice on which interpretive methods to take.
In regard to the text of the book itself, there are 10 various studies in Daniel throughout the book. One of the most important one is the study of typology in the book of Daniel examining how Daniel is a type of Abraham, Joseph, Esther, and Christ. Typology is an important study yet it is one that needs to be taken with care, let one strays into heresy. Hamilton has done a fantastic job in this.
In the end I would wholeheartedly recommend, With the Clouds of Heaven, to any Pastor, Bible Teacher, or Sunday School teacher who is preparing for a long in-depth exposition of the book of Daniel. I only regret that that this book was not already published last time I was teaching through Daniel for it would have been a helpful addition to my preparation.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic Publishers in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology
© 2014 by James M. Hamilton
Publisher: IVP Academic
Page Count: 272 Pages