5 Stars Out Of 5
April 1, 2013
The Reformed Expository Commentary is a series that aims to provide a fresh exposition of the Biblical text for today's generation. In the series introduction the series editors (Phil Ryken & Richard Phillips) lay out the four fundamental commitments in this series. They are:
Now on to aesthetics. This Commentary looks great. While this isn't a huge selling point, and certainly not a reason to chose one commentary over another, I must say that this one looks really nice on the bookshelf, especially when you have more than one in the series.
1) To be biblical - that is to pay careful attention to the text and exposit the Scriptures. There is less focus on the original language and structure and more focus on the story that the passage is telling.
2) Unashamedly Doctrinal - this series approaches the text from a Reformed perspective, as found in the Bible.
3) Redemptive-Historical - this means that they believe in the unity and continuity of the Bible, and interpret it in a Christ centered approach for all of Scripture.
4) Practical - by applying the truths found in the Scriptures to contemporary challenges in life.
Iain M. Duguid is the contributor for the volume on Daniel and he has done an outstanding job. His exposition is very readable for pastor and layman alike. This commentary, much like others in the series, reads like a book. I found that it flowed together nicely and thus would make a wonderful devotional read. Duguid has given the reader a commentary on Daniel that chapter after chapter proves itself to be Christ-centered. The stories of Daniel, Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah are very popular stories for children about faith and standing tall in the midst of trouble. While these are good truths to pull out of this book, Duguid continually points to God and our need for Christ. I thoroughly enjoyed Duguid's work on Daniel 9:20-27. This section truly shows Duguid's ability to make one of the most difficult sections in Scripture understandable for the reader. While presenting a Reformed position on this section, Duguid is also gracious to others who interpret this very difficult passage differently. This should always be our position on difficult passages such as this; be convinced of how you interpret the passage, but understand that godly men and women throughout church history have differed on how to interpret it. Duguid's commentary was originally preached as a sermon series at Grace Presbyterian Church in Fallbrook, California and the pastoral tone in the commentary is noticeable and refreshing.
If you enjoy studying the Word of God and are looking for a solid commentary that is readable and will profit you greatly, then do yourself a favor and purchase this commentary. It is well worth it.
I received a free copy of this commentary from P&R Publishing in exchange for an honest review.