Ezra 7:10 declares that Ezra set his mind/heart to study, to apply, and to teach the Torah in Israel. In this he is a model for all biblical study, including “apocalyptic” writings like the book of Daniel. Authoritative reading and preaching of the message of Daniel demands that we do the same with this book. It also demands that we let it say what it wants to say, and that we major on the major themes and be less concerned about the meaning and significance of minute details. The book of Daniel declares that God has planned all of history, and that he has assigned Israel a special role in that plan. Many voices in the book declare that history will play out according to that plan. The goal of this seminar is to give us a few pointers in how to read the book of Daniel, so that we may grasp that message, and learn to trust in the Lord of history even in our own troubled times.
Dr. Daniel Block is a Canadian/American Old Testament scholar. He was a professor for Wheaton College for thirty years. Although Dr. Block was nurtured in the faith in a Mennonite Brethren context, for the last four decades he has had extensive teaching ministry among the Evangelical Free, Plymouth Brethren, Evangelical Covenant, and Southern Baptist, and other independent congregations. In addition to his teaching ministry in America, his ministry has also extended to many other countries around the world. Dr. Block is also a well-known author in Christian circle. His books have indeed helped many to understand Old Testament better.
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