RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 46969837 LA English T1 Daniel A1 Gowan, Donald E., PB Abingdon Press PP Nashville, Tenn. YR 2001 SN 0687084210 9780687084210 AB "Gowan takes full account of the most important current scholarship and secondary literature, while not attempting to engage in technical academic debate. The fundamental concern of this and every volume is analysis and discussion of the literary, sociohistorical, theological, and ethical dimensions of the biblical texts themselves. Each volume attends to issues of special concern to students of the Bible: literary genre, structure and character of the writing, occasion and situational context of the writing, wider social and historical context, the theological and ethical significance of the writing within these several contexts, and the like." "Daniel - one of the most misused books of the Bible - is read in this commentary as a powerful message concerning hope and responsibility for believers who, for various reasons, have to face the theological question. "Who's in charge here?" The book of Daniel insists that the God of Israel is in charge, in spite of what circumstances may indicate; then finds ways, through story and vision, to reassure the faithful that there is a future for them after all." "The commentary shows that what might be taken as just "Sunday schools stories" - the lion's den and the fiery furnace - do raise issues from real life that have faced believers time and again across the centuries. It also helps readers to understand how to read Daniel's predictions of the future in a way that is most faithful to Scripture as a whole."--BOOK JACKET.