I will confess at the outset that I never completed this course and so cannot comment on it in it's entirety. I was especially keen on doing this course when it came available in the Mobile Ed Subscription however from the outset the teacher Wendy Widder pushed the "Higher Criticism" agenda that questions Daniels authorship and argues a later date of writing. If you are of this persuasion you will love this course but despite Widders reassurance that this point of view in no way contradicts its place in the canon I find that this point of view greatly affects the interpretation of the book. It was for this reason that I could not continue the course through to the end.
- Thanka Darren. I do not want anything questioning God's word or the Bible for that matter.
- I just finished the course which I greatly enjoyed and benefited from. She did NOT "question Daniels authorship and argue a later date of writing". I wouldn't have continued it if so.
- Donovan - sorry I didn't see your post until just now. Obviously, my notification settings are off. :) A couple comments. First, the book does not claim to have been authored by Daniel. Like most OT books, it has no explicit claim of authorship. The reason it is traditionally attributed to Daniel comes out of the visions he receives in chapters 7-12, which are written in first person: "I saw..." But even these vision reports are embedded in a third-person narrative. Second, Jesus's comments from Daniel are actually pretty limited. His favorite title for himself is "the Son of Man" (which comes out of Dan 7), and he refers to the "desolating abomination" spoken of by Daniel (which is in Dan 9). He clearly calls Daniel a prophet, but that is not the same as a claim for authorship of the entire book. My position on the author/date of Daniel is (excerpted from my Daniel commentary in the Story of God series with Zondervan) "that the accounts in the book of Daniel reflect events that happened to a real Daniel and his Judean peers in sixth-century BC Babylonian exile, and that the prophecies are accurate. However, the question of who ultimately compiled the book, what editorial work they might have done in it, and when that happened is not one that can be definitively answered." This position is also held by other evangelical scholars (which, in my use of "evangelical," means they have a high view of Scripture, as I do). I hope this helps.