The following work is a brief exegetical, theological, and devotional examination of the OldTestament book of Daniel that was produced as supplemental notes for my church Bible studygroup where we worked through the text of Daniel from October 2010 through March of 2011.These notes include many questions for reflection and follow the text carefully passage-by- passage suggesting points of particular note (historical, theological, exegetical, philosophical,devotional and pragmatic), related passages both in the OT and NT (as well as Deutero-Canonical) and points to ponder in relation to the text. There is an all too brief bibliography of works cited where one can find several helpful commentaries that were used as the basis for themajority of this particular study and other resources pertinent to the study of Daniel.The English text that was used for the quotations in order to have some sense of continuity and aunified text in congregational reading was the
New International Version
(1984). However, Ihave tried everywhere to work closely with the Hebrew and Aramaic text using the
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
as the base text for translation with due consideration of the
andTheodotion, the Vulgate, and Targumim. While the notes do not contain much information withregard to these linguistic features, nor to the history of the text, yet this is simply due to thenature of the notes as such and to their intended audience. This is not to suggest that this was nota significant part of the work that lay behind this project, but only that it was not pertinent to providing such information for a congregational setting that needed some form of devotionalsupplemental materials. However, where it was felt that this information would provide further insight it has been added. Also, it should be noted that the verse numbers used for this studyfollow the English versification and neither the Hebrew/Aramaic nor the LXX versification (andsuch would need to be noted carefully when looking up passages throughout this study).These notes were developed to enhance the Wednesday night studies and are not in any wayconstitutive of the full content actually covered in those sessions. These notes offer material thatit was felt might provide opportunity for further reflection outside of the church setting and it hasalready been demonstrated in our congregation’s life that this has proven to be effective as asupplement to the regular teaching and life of the Church.It is hoped that this brief booklet will be a resource for others in furthering their own personalstudy of this marvelous little prophet and writer who says so much in such a little book and willoffer some further insights to spur on reflection and passion for the word of God and for livesdedicated to obedience at any cost until His kingdom finally comes!Rick Wadholm Jr.
Karlstad Assembly of God
April 20, 20113