10 Best Daniel Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) A Study Commentary on Daniel (Ep Study Commentary)



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The Evangelical Press (Ep) Study Commentary is 22 volumes of the best in biblical exposition from some of the most notable evangelical Reformed scholars. This series is aimed at the minister, theologian, layman, and serious student. While comprehensive in scope, the volumes are practical and straightforward and each author presents a careful analysis of the biblical text.

In the Daniel commentary, Allan Harman – former Professor of Old Testament at Free Church College, Edinburgh – shows how Christ must have supremacy in everything as we await the final revelation of his glory.

2) The Message of Daniel (Bible Speaks Today)



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This book is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.

Dale Ralph Davis – minister in residence at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina and former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson – writes the Daniel volume with a very readable, approachable and even humorous at times style.


3) Daniel (Expositional Commentary)


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The late James Montgomery Boice (who was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals) writes the Daniel volume as part of his Boice’s Expositional Commentaries.  Boice artfully explains the meaning of the biblical text verse by verse and section by section, while also relating the text to the realities of the Christian life. He wrote the 27 volume set based upon his years of preaching experience and as host of The Bible Study Hour radio program.


4) Daniel (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)



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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Daniel by Joyce Baldwin. Although Daniel is a difficult book, Baldwin makes it easier to understand.  The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Daniel has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.


5) Daniel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary)



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With even-handedness and clarity, Ernest C. Lucas – vice-principal and tutor in biblical studies at Bristol Baptist College in England – presents Daniel for the Apollos Old Testament Commentary.  Lucas identifies the central theme of the book as the sovereignty of the God of Israel and argues that this book (that’s often viewed as challenging) is really quite understandable.  The nine volume Apollos Old Testament Commentary expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and it shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers.


6) The NIV Application Commentary : Daniel


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Prolific author Dr. Tremper Longman III – professor of Old Testament at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California – shows ageless truths for our modern lives via the Book of Daniel in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


7) The Preacher’s Commentary – Vol. 21- Daniel


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Although originally purposed as a minister’s preparation tool, the Preacher’s Complete Homiletical Commentary is also a fine personal study supplement.
The series distinguishes itself as being a commentary “written by preachers for preachers” and offers thousands of pages of: detailed illustrations suitable for devotional study and preaching; suggestive and explanatory comments on verses; theological outlines of passages; expository notes; ketches and relevant quotes and brief critical notes on chapters.  Volume 21 on Daniel is written by Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson – a professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.


8) Daniel (Reformed Expository Commentary)


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Reformed Expository Commentaries are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is Reformed in doctrine, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.  In the Daniel volume, Iain M. Duguid reminds us that Daniel gives us more than moral lessons or a prophetic timetable.


9) Daniel (Geneva Series of Commentaries)


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The Daniel volume for the Geneva Series of Commentaries was written by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers.  At 800 pages, this commentary is large, thorough and a classic.


10) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.

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