Reviewer: Stephanie Thomason
In Unlocking the Truth of Daniel, Laura J. Davis methodically and thoroughly analyzes the dreams, visions, and complex prophecies of the Old Testament’s Book of Daniel. She traces its relationship to history through her comprehensive year-long studies of a variety of non-Biblical sources. Davis explores each verse from the KJV (literal) and NIV (meaning-based) translations of the Bible. When the literal and meaning-based translations differ, she draws upon the meaning of the original Hebrew/Aramaic word, so readers can determine the appropriate way to derive meaning in the passage.
The book starts with the story of Nebuchadnezzar, whose frustration in interpreting his dream of a statue leads him to the prophet Daniel. Daniel interprets the dream as it portends the fall of Nebuchadnezzar’s powerful Babylonian Empire, to be followed by the fall of the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire, and the Roman Empire. Davis draws parallels between the books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Psalms and past history and recent times to offer theories on the Antichrist and what to expect during the end times and when such times may occur.
To anyone who wants to learn more about the complex prophecies and life of Daniel, Davis’ devotional is a must-read. To anyone curious about the way that current institutions and societies may have been foretold thousands of years ago, this devotional is a must-read. To anyone desiring historical support of the prophecies in the Bible, look no further than Davis’ Unlocking the Truth of Daniel. I highly recommend you invest your time in this well-developed and articulated devotional. It can be read individually or within groups in inductive Bible studies.
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