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By Jim Edlin / Beacon Hill / 2009
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The Book of Daniel speaks a fresh message to each new generation. For over two millennia it has done so. The book invites its readers to live within a larger story than their own. It gives them a glimpse of the broad sweep of human history and the cosmic proportions of God’s intentions. In light of certainties about the final outcome of this world, this book challenges believers to risk radical faith in God within the context of a hostile world.
This message has been especially relevant to those individuals and communities who have become disillusioned by present realities. Where political and social systems disappoint, Daniel provides hope. In contexts of oppressive, even anti-God, governments, Daniel infuses courage. When the strong undertow of secular values confuses, Daniel calls for clear choices. As the siren song of cultural compromise lures, Daniel gives reason for restraint. Century after century, the pages of Daniel have infused the faithful with fortitude.
Jim Edlin moves verse-by-verse through Daniel after providing an in-depth introduction.
Jim Edlin is Professor of Biblical Literature and Languages and the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He earned an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Th.M. and Ph.D. in Old Testament studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Discovering the Old Testament. He is a frequent contributor to Adult Faith Connection and Illustrated Bible Life.