The Message of Daniel
God had allowed the unthinkable to happen. His people were in exile in Babylon. His promises seemed shattered. Was God really in control? Was he still faithful? Did he still care?
One young man, Daniel, affirmed that he did. It was not without struggle, and it cost him to do so. But echoing through the centuries of history and resounding from the future that was revealed to him, came the proclamation: The Lord is King--even in Babylon!
Parts of the book of Daniel have always been popular--the exciting stories of three men in a fiery furnace, Daniel in the den of lions, and the strange handwriting on the wall, which struck terror in the heart of the Babylonian king. But beyond the drama, the modern reader faces the enigmatic prophecies of the future. What do they mean? Were they for Daniel's near future or for ours? Ronald S. Wallace cuts through these difficulties and exposes the background and message of Daniel for both his day and ours.
The historical background
The traditional view of the book
The theory of the Maccabean orientation of the book
The answer from the conservative point of view
The central theme of the book--its convincing unity and integrity
Daniel within the biblical tradition
a. Daniel within the prophetic tradition
b. Daniel within the apocalyptic tradition
c. Daniel and the wisdom tradition in Israel
Daniel 1: The issue and the answer
Daniel 2: The stone and the shattered kingdoms
Daniel 3: The blazing furnace
Daniel 4: 'I Nebuchadnezzar'
Daniel 5: Belshazzar's feast
Daniel 6: The den of lions
Daniel 7: The beasts and the son of man
Daniel 8: The he-goat and the little horn
Daniel 9: A prayer and a prophecy
Daniel 10: 'I Daniel'
Daniel 11: The history inscribed in the book
Daniel 12: Waiting and watching for the end