Are you looking for a quality exegetical work on Daniel that holds to a premillennial or dispensational viewpoint? This fine volume in the pastor-friendly New American Commentary (NAC) series has no real rival for you then. If you see it ranked average, it is usually downgraded for its prophetic outlook, not for the quality of its scholarship. That bias will erase if you read it for yourself. In fact, several amillennial reviewers reluctantly admit that the scholarship is superb. Yes, Im very high on this book.
The Introduction is conservative, helpful, and warm. He begins with the prophet Daniel and the authorship and date of the book. He explains how the radical theories are very recent and the conservative conclusion on Daniel and its date has long been believed and for good reason. Hes helpful on historical setting and genre as well.
Commentaries on Daniel tend to be good on either the thrilling historical stories or the prophecy, but not both. Mark this one down as excelling on each one. It offered real help and insight in both categories.
This series is always your best bet for a premillennial outlook. (Check out the equally magnificent volume on Revelation in the series). Miller has given the volume that many of us have been looking for on Daniel!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
Stephen Miller's work is probably the best commentary I have ever read on the book of Daniel. He writes from a conservative premillennial perspective and clearly addresses both historical and theological issues. I find this book to be concise, insightful, and easy to read. I use this commentary for lesson preparation for an adult Sunday School Class and will continue to consult it in the years to come.
I don't usually read commentaries from cover to cover, but this one on the book of Daniel by Stephen Miller is a great read. The author displays a commanding grasp of the historical and theological issues, but perhaps equally as important, he writes well. Miller is easy to read... actually fun to read. He is unapologetic in defending an early date for prophetic passages. He is premillennial. He offers devotional insights that everyone will appreciate. I will be reading it through again and will enjoy using this commentary for years to come.
Miller's commentary, which is written from a Dispensational (Progressive?) perspective is essential reading on the Book of Daniel. It is well-written and well-argued despite the limitations of the series. While no where near as detailed as the works by Collins (the now standard work on Daniel [Hermenia]), Montgomery (now somewhat outdated [ICC]), or Goldingay (WBC), Miller's work is possibly the best commentary now available on Daniel from a conservative premillennial perspective. Miller's work supercedes that of J. F. Walvoord, whose commentary is overly-dogmatic and untenable at several points. Miller's work should be used in conjunction with the execellent works by G. L. Archer (EBC) and Leon Wood. One can only hope for a forthcoming commentary on Daniel from a conservative premillennial perspective that is comparable to Collins in detail. Until then Miller's is the best choice.