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by William B. Nelson

William Nelson's section-by-section commentary on Daniel is the newest volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. This user-friendly commentary series helps any reader navigate the sometimes difficult terrain of the Bible. These accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become clear to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. Pastors, teachers, and lay people alike will cherish the easily understandable truth found in this commentary series.
Download Daniel (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) epub
ISBN: 0801048346
ISBN13: 978-0801048340
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
Author: William B. Nelson
Language: English
Publisher: Baker Books (January 1, 2013)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1224 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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I use this series in my bible Study. Will be teaching Daniel in Sunday school next year.
Some important background...this is a liberal commentary--although the author is a Christian, he doesn't hold to traditional conservative Christian interpretations of Daniel passages. When reading the book of Daniel, the primary two issues that divide conservative and liberal are the dating of Daniel, and the identification of the 4 empires. Conservatives believe that Daniel was written in its entirety in the 6th century BC. Liberal scholars believe that Daniel reached its final form in the 2nd century BC, by a pseudonymous author. Conservatives believe that the 4 empires are Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Rome, while liberal scholars believe the empires are Babylon, Media, Persia and Greece. Generally, those two issues determine how one interprets the entire book, as well as parts of the NT. In addition, conservative scholars typically view Daniel 9 as predicting Jesus as Messiah, while liberal scholars typically view this chapter as ending in appx 164BC.

This is important; if you are a conservative Christian and are only looking for something that concerns your views, you may not want to purchase this book. However, if you are looking to understand how liberal scholars approach the book of Daniel, this is an excellent source. If you've looked for liberal scholarship on the internet, you won't have a whole lot of luck. If you look for conservative scholarship, there's an abundance on the internet, free. And given the fact that many conservatives Christians consider Daniel to be describing events in our future, there's also an abundance of nonsense.

This book lays out the liberal position quite well. I haven't seen much that disagrees with what I have read in the past. And Nelson clears up quite a few issues that were still quite ambiguous to me. The book of Daniel is still quite an enigma. No matter what position you take, there are parts of the book that don't make a lot of sense. After reading this book, I feel quite confident in my understanding of what Daniel is all about.
Everything is laid out for the reader to make their own conclusions. One of the better commentaries I have read. Easy to follow the arguments the author makes.
Dr. William Nelson's commentary on Daniel is the best commentary on Daniel available today. Nelson approaches the text as a faithful evangelical scholar attempting to understand the text on its own terms, dodging fundamentalist historical claims on the right, and liberal dismissals on the left. Nelson remains faithful to Daniel's life and thought, while also upholding the text's authoritative place in the biblical canon. As a reader of a number of Daniel commentaries by Christian scholars, I attest that Nelson's approach is the most convincing, while not straying away from historical orthodoxy nor inventing something new. Nelson wants to understand Daniel's thought and his message for ancient Israel, appropriating that wisdom for today and emphasizing Daniel's import for New Testament teachings and the Church that followed. As is the nature of biblical commentaries, not all of Nelson's arguments will be firm, but Nelson's approach and overarching theme brings the whole enterprise together, making for a fruitful read.