The book of Daniel presents a God who is there and is not silent.
Joe M. Sprinkle connects Daniel with the biblical story. Debates rage around Daniel’s dating, historicity, and referents. With this focus on historical context, Daniel’s canonical context is often lost. While arguing for conservative dating and historicity, Sprinkle focuses on how Daniel is a fulcrum for many theological themes in both the Old and New Testaments. Daniel says much about God’s nature, his relationship with history, the heavenly host, the Messiah, the coming kingdom, and the last things.
Joe Sprinkle's commentary presents the best of evangelical scholarship on Daniel: an even-handed evaluation of the most recent thought on both individual passages and the theology of the book as a whole. While he strives to present his own view of the theological questions raised by Daniel, he also respectfully interacts with other scholars, allowing readers to grasp his method while also evaluating what others have to say.
—Andrew Steinmann, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew, Concordia University Chicago
Dr. Sprinkle has produced a clear, well-researched commentary on a very difficult book. The introduction lays out the important issues necessary for understanding the book of Daniel, and the difficult issues are handled fairly while maintaining a conservative, evangelical perspective for the book. His attempt to provide a biblical-theological commentary that pulls together almost one hundred pages of biblical themes found in the book of Daniel may prove to be its greatest asset. Also, his discussion on Daniel 9:24–27 is even-handed and well-researched. I highly recommend this commentary from a very able scholar.
—Paul D. Wegner, Distinguished Professor of the Old Testament, Gateway Seminary
“the description of the king of vv. 37–38 does not fit Antiochus IV” (Pages 321–322)
“the story of Daniel covers a period of almost seventy years” (Page 1)
“What exactly is the 1,290 days? How does it differ from the ‘time, times, and half a time’ of v. 7, if at all? If this and Revelation 12 both are eschatological, what distinction is there between Daniel’s 1,290 days and Revelation’s 1,260 days (Rev 12:6)? What does the interval between the 1,290 days and the 1,335 days in Daniel 12 signify? The fact that a blessing or happiness is attached to the 1,335 number (v. 12) suggests that to reach that number is to have passed beyond the time of trial.” (Page 338)
“Lions play a prominent role in Neo-Babylonian iconography. Lions along Babylon’s Processional Way are often taken as a symbol of the goddess Ishtar, but since the lions are male they may instead be a symbol of the king6 and speak of his predatory fierceness.” (Page 173)
“That in turn suggests that Daniel 7 should be interpreted in light of Revelation 13 and 19.” (Page 196)
The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series locates each biblical book within redemptive history and illuminates its unique theological contributions. All EBTC volumes feature informed exegetical treatment of the biblical book and thorough discussion of its most important theological themes in relation to the canon—all in a style that is useful and accessible to students of Scripture and preachers of the word.
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Joe M. Sprinkle (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is retired professor of Old Testament at Crossroads College (2003–2016) and previously taught at Toccoa Falls College (1988-2003). He is the author of Leviticus and Numbers (Teach the Text) and The Book of the Covenant: A Literary Approach and Biblical Law and Its Relevance.