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Daniel, Revised Edition (Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 30 | WBC)

, 2019
ISBN: 9781418503789
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Uncover the mysteries of Daniel with leading Old Testament scholar John Goldingay with this revised edition of his commentary. Goldingay illuminates Daniel’s historical setting and uses it to explain the book’s prophecies. he analyzes the composition of the book, and provides a fresh translation.

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

Overview of Commentary Organization

  • Introduction—covers issues pertaining to the whole book, including context, date, authorship, composition, interpretive issues, purpose, and theology.
  • Each section of the commentary includes:
  • Pericope Bibliography—a helpful resource containing the most important works that pertain to each particular pericope.
  • Translation—the author’s own translation of the biblical text, reflecting the end result of exegesis and attending to Hebrew and Greek idiomatic usage of words, phrases, and tenses, yet in reasonably good English.
  • Notes--the author’s notes to the translation that address any textual variants, grammatical forms, syntactical constructions, basic meanings of words, and problems of translation.
  • Form/Structure/Setting—a discussion of redaction, genre, sources, and tradition as they concern the origin of the pericope, its canonical form, and its relation to the biblical and extra-biblical contexts in order to illuminate the structure and character of the pericope. Rhetorical or compositional features important to understanding the passage are also introduced here.
  • Comment—verse-by-verse interpretation of the text and dialogue with other interpreters, engaging with current opinion and scholarly research.
  • Explanation—brings together all the results of the discussion in previous sections to expose the meaning and intention of the text at several levels: (1) within the context of the book itself; (2) its meaning in the OT or NT; (3) its place in the entire canon; (4) theological relevance to broader OT or NT issues.
  • General Bibliography—occurring at the end of each volume, this extensive bibliography contains all sources used anywhere in the commentary.

Resource Experts
  • Emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence
  • Includes verse-by-verse interpretation of the text and dialogue with other interpreters
  • Introduces the date, authorship, composition, interpretive issues, purpose, and theology

Top Highlights

“But in general the Qumran manuscripts suggest that virtually no change of significance happened to the text of Daniel between the time of their copying and the form that appears in the MT.” (Page 100)

“Partly on the basis of Dan 9, the Essenes were expecting the messiah between 3 BC and AD 2.26” (Page 101)

“The awesome events (פלאות) of which he enquires are the ones that came to a climax in 11:29–12:3,” (Page 550)

“They were a little like graduates from Asian countries coming to the United States and finding that their qualifications were not recognized. For most people, then, the stories might express how they wish things could be.” (Page 154)

“ Daniel’s decision presumably involves standing firm when other Israelites do not;” (Page 157)

John Goldingay has been at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1997 and currently serves as the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology. Before coming to Fuller, Goldingay was principal and a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St. John’s Theological College in Nottingham, England. He is the author of several books, including Old Testament Theology vol. 1, After Eating the Apricot, and Models for Scripture, as well as commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and serves on the editorial board for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.


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