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The must have commentary on DanielDec 29, 2004
By W. cornett
Stephen R. Miller's commentary is the must have commentary on Daniel. Stephen Miller writes from a well informed conservative perspective (i.e. he is aware of the criticisms of scholars who attack the authenticity of Daniel and answers them point for point and then some). He deals well with the Hebrew and Aramaic, but the reader does not need to know them to read this commentary. Miller provides a detailed introduction. He holds to a premillennial point of view. Although the strength of the commentary is the scholarly exegesis, Miller also provides some insightful application. This is by far the best commentary on Daniel that I have seen (and that is more than two dozen including Archer, Baldwin, Collins, Walvoord, Wood, and Young). Any student, pastor, layperson, or critic of Daniel has not done their homework if they have not read Miller's commentary.
23 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Deserves to be readApr 27, 2009
In 1975 I read a commentary on Daniel. It was my first major reading of a commentary. I have been reading commentaries for fun (and work) ever since. My wife and I recently translated the Aramaic portions (six chapters) of Daniel. I found myself reading through the rest of Daniel written in Hebrew. This led to pulling off the shelf, John Goldingay's commentary and purchasing J.J.Collin's commentary, for further study. These two are the most raved about commentaries in the last 20 years. Goldingay is a master of the literary form and structure of each chapter/section of Daniel, and brings to the reader a vast array of other ancient sources. Surprisingly Goldingay, an evangelical, holds to a late date for the book. While his commentary has much to teach us, at times I found the exegetical comments on the verses a bit slim.
What Goldingay misses in the exegetical sections, Collins gives in abundance over any commentary of recent time. Montgomery's 1927 commentary on Daniel is the foundational work of the original languages and still worthy getting if you can find it. As for Collins he gives a detailed work on Hebrew and Aramaic words and for those interested both translation and commentary on sections of the Greek version of Daniel. He closes out the book with translation and commentary on the extra biblical Bel and the Dragon and Susanna stories. Adding to this a lengthy introduction including the history of the interpretation of Daniel makes Collins the premier work on Daniel.
The main thing I found missing in both of these exceptional commentaries is the lack of interaction with - a) scholars who still hold to an early date and - b) interpretations that have dominated the landscape for centuries. I wondered if there was any recent work that might give at least some balance to the discussion. From reading reviews I found a name unknown to me in Stephen Miller who I hoped might give some balance. His short introduction (only 30 some pages) grabbed me immediately. He continued through out the commentary to give the balance that was missing by interacting at every point with other scholars and interpretations. While Miller is not as thorough in exegetical comments as some, repeatedly he picks up on interpretive matters and insights that are lacking in those works. In Miller's work one will find a rich compendium of the best commentaries. This alone makes it a plus for a beginner. One may not agree with his all his conservative interpretations and will have to smile at his brief Sunday school kinds of sentences inserted for our personal application. Overlooking these it is well worth the buy and read. It has become one of my favorite commentaries. I rarely write reviews on books but this one deserves to be read.
34 of 42 found the following review helpful:
Good refutation of critics' Maccabean authorship theoryJul 24, 1999
Dr. Stephen Miller of Midamerica Seminary is an expert on the languages used in the Book of Daniel and he is well read on the past commentaries on Daniel (both conservative and critical commentaries). He backs up his views with the latest archaeological findings available. His commentary surpasses the excellent commentary by Gleason Archer on Daniel in the Expositor's Bible Commentary series.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Easy to read. Great for Bible class teachers.Apr 10, 2013
I own several commentaries in this series. Miller has a very approachable writing style.
The author treats Daniel as a divinely inspired work. From a conservative theological standpoint he is doctrinally sound.
This is not a verse-by-verse exegesis, but instead employs a "pericope" method of explaining scripture. In other words, instead of digging into the minutia of each verse, the author examines small blocks of several verses together. Around 5-7 verses are in a block, grouped logically by thought.
What's nice about the "pericope" approach is that you as a reader can quickly grasp the big points in the passages. I used this to prepare for an adult bible class where we did an overview of Daniel's life in 2 lessons. It was so engaging, that I read the whole book very quickly.
Highly recommended for bible class teachers and bible students who are ready to dig deeper.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Cheaper than bookstoresDec 18, 2013
Needed this book for a class I was taking and this was the cheapest place I found it. Excellent content in the book and highly recommend while looking to further your study into the very important book of Daniel. God Bless!
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