The Message of Daniel, By Dale Ralph Davis
The Message of Daniel
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: April 02, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0643
  • ISBN: 9781514006436

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Many have heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, but there is much more to the book of Daniel than lions. Interspersed with memorable stories is a complex series of visions that touch on the whole scope of human history.

In this Bible Speaks Today volume, former pastor and professor Dale Ralph Davis explains the background of Daniel, analyzes the stories and visions within it, and sifts through interpretative issues. While acknowledging the challenges of the book, Davis reveals how it offers “a realistic survival manual for the saints” in the present day.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Daniel offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language and a new interior design.


General preface
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1. There is a God in Babylon (1:1-21)
2. A dream that will come true (2:1-49)
3. Saints in the hands of a saving God (3:1-30)
4. The tree decree (4:1-37)
5. The strut stops here (5:1-31)
6. The night the lions were fasting (6:1-28)
7. Is history all beastly? (7:1-28)
8. Why is a two-bit king so all-fired important? (8:1-27)
9. A tutorial in prayer (9:1-19)
10. Not so fast! (9:20-23)
11. The long haul of the people of God (9:24-27)
12. Intimidating introduction (10:1–11:2a)
13. The case of Mr Hyde and Mr Hyde (11:2b-45)
14. Enduring to the end (12:1-13)


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Dale Ralph Davis is former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He is the author of many books, including an expository study of Judges and The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts.