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Overview Arguably the largest obstacle in understanding the OT today, is the separation of time between ancient cultures and our own. This problem undermines our attempts to understand the message of Scripture in its original intention as well as our efforts in applying it to today's increasingly troubled and complex world.The Apollos Old Testament Commentary takes this gap seriously and bridges it by providing both detailed exegetical examination, and also a theological commentary that sets the text in the context of the modern world, applying it with wisdom and clarity.Yet, the challenge to interpret the text theologically and in conjunction with the both the ancient and modern context, made even more acute by growing recognition of the hermeneutical gap between God's revelation, and human understanding of it. This is another bridge that The Apollos Old Testament Commentary addresses, and which further grounds its theological articulation of the text in sound exegesis and theological articulation. Within all of these complexities, the question is begged: how could anyone, other than scholars access such a commentary when it deals with such complex issues?The answer quite simply is that the series does not engage the issues in abstract terms, but rather only as it applies, and relates directly to, the questions and issues raised by the text itself, not speculative theology or abstract philosophy.Each em>Apollos begins with an overview of the issues of date, authorship, sources and other historical details, but which also outlines the theology--more than in most commentaries--the theological emphasis of the particular biblical book under examination. Thus, the The Apollos Commentary Series, does not merely commentate on critical questions such as grammar and history, it interprets those elements in support of a broader theological project that supports the application of the biblical text to our culture and our time.The theological emphasis is located distinctly within the theology of the biblical narrative, and with a full commitment to the Bible's authority, inspiration, and universal application to humanity. Thus, what we have here is a commentary that provides a detailed exegetical examination that leads---as all study of Scripture must, into a theological and life-giving understanding of the Bible for the Christian.
Publishers Description In many ways, the Old Testament book of Daniel is an enigma. It consists of two different kinds of material: stories about Judean exiles working in the court of pagan kings (chapters 1-6) and accounts of visions experienced by one of these exiles (chapters 7-12). It is written in two languages, Hebrew and Aramaic, and the language division does not match the subject division. Whether the book's affinities lie more with the Hebrew prophets or with later Jewish apocalypses is debated, as are its affinities with the wisdom traditions of both Israel and Babylon. Refreshingly, Enest Lucas postpones much of the discussion of such issues to an Epilogue, and invites the reader to an investigation of the meaning of the text in the form in which we now have it. He identifies the central theme of the book as the sovereignty of the God of Israel. With even-handedness and clarity, Lucas demonstrates that, for preachers and teachers, there is much in Daniel that is fairly readily understandable and applicable, and that there are also theological depths that are rewarding for those willing to plumb them and wrestle with the issues they raise.
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Studio: IVP Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.56" Width: 6.35" Height: 1.33" Weight: 1.51 lbs.
Release Date Oct 16, 2002
Series Apollos OT Commentary
Series Number 20
ISBN 0830825193 ISBN13 9780830825196
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More About Ernest C. Lucas
Ernest C. Lucas is vice principal emeritus of Bristol Baptist College and an honorary research fellow in theology and religious studies at the University of Bristol. His other books include commentaries on Daniel and Ezekiel and a textbook on the Psalms and wisdom literature. Aformer research biochemist, he has also written books and articles on science and Christian faith. "
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Wish it had been better Oct 6, 2007
I reviewed this commentary along with 12 others for a seminary class. Lucas did not fair well in the survey because on too many key interpretive issues he did not provide sufficient discussion of the various options or the rationale for his choice. Welcome exceptions to this were his discussions of the identity of Darius the Mede and Belshazzar the King.
Awful Jul 3, 2005
I do not give this commentary low marks simple because it is moderate at best (I would say liberal). The liberal point of view has been expressed in some very good scolary works by Collins and Goldingay. This commentary, however, is not. I will not go into the layout of the book seeing the other review has already done so. The commentary does not have much on introductory matters. The author rides the fence on authorship and date. He claims both to be compatible with inerrancy (and they are not). Deals with the Hebrew and Aramaic with transliterations. He views the seventy weeks a symbolic not literal years. He fails to Jesus in 3:25, 7:13, and 2:45.
Informed and helpful, intelligently conservative May 15, 2003
This early entry in the Apollos Commentary Series has set a high standard for future volumes. The series features a new translation by the author (including footnotes); a section on Form and Structure which is largely concerned with the literary features of the text; a Comment section in which the text is exegeted; and an Explanation section where the author traces the "passage's interpretational development in Scripture and the church" in order to provide a theologically informed conclusion on the meaning of the text and suggested avenues of appropriation. Lucas has accomplished each of these tasks admirably.
Daniel is a difficult book to comment on because it has been the subject of much heated debate between conservative and liberal scholars, its visions have been wildly and carelessly interpreted, and its stories are familiar to the point of meaninglessness. On each of these points Lucas has provided a sane and helpful alternative.
While remaining somewhat noncommittal about the authorship and date of the book, he intelligently interacted with the most recent critical scholarship on Daniel and presented a reasoned defense of generally conservative positions. He leaves open the possibility that chapter 11 may be pseudonymous in keeping with the typical conventions of that genre.
Regarding the visions Lucas presents interpretations that are well informed by his familiarity with ANE parallels and relevant historical background. He takes the culmination of all the visions to be the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes. His approach to these texts is strengthened by his sensitivity to the apocalyptic genre and its effects on the meaning of the language employed.
In dealing with the stories, Lucas employs the tools of literary criticism to great advantage. The result being fresh and deep interpretations of the text that can take the typical reader beyond the simplistic readings she is probably familiar with from childhood.
The commentary is highly recommended. The series is aimed at both scholars and pastors, so the discussions can get a bit technical for some, but generally they will be understandable to most lay people. As with any book, no one commentary can say everything nor get everything right. The reader may want to compare other volumes such as those by Collins, Goldingay, Baldwin, Lacocque, or Longman.