Not Just for Kids: Daniel’s Place in the Bible’s Story

Matt Smethurst | November 6, 2014

Have you ever noticed that Daniel tends to be more popular among children than among pastors? After a parade of inspiring stories in the first six chapters (think: fiery furnace, writing on the wall, lions’ den), the book becomes real weird real fast.

Don’t write it off just yet.

The 32nd (and latest) installment in InterVarsity’s New Studies in Biblical Theology series, edited by D. A. Carson, James Hamilton’s With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology is an “evangelical and canonical biblical theology of Daniel” that aims to unfold not only the meaning of Daniel itself but also how the book is strategically situated within the Bible’s grand storyline. Hamilton’s volume is a welcome companion for anyone seeking to preach theologically rich, Christ-centered, applicational sermons from this enigmatic blend of narrative and apocalypse.

I corresponded with Hamilton, professor of biblical theology at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, about common misconceptions, what surprised him most, how to preach Daniel 7–12 without boring people to tears, and more. 

What are some common evangelical oversights or misunderstandings related to Daniel?

Across the board—evangelical and non-evangelical—it seems to me that the profound inter-connectedness of Daniel has gone unnoticed. There is a…

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