I am beginning a series on the life of Daniel. My study this week takes me through Joyce Baldwin’s little commentary in the Tyndale series. It’s a solid resource I’ve had for years.

One of the reminders from Daniel’s life was his solid faith in Yahweh. He was being forced to learn a polytheistic culture, but his faith didn’t keep him from learning. It didn’t undermine his belief system.

The writer of Daniel implies no objection to the study of a polytheistic literature in which magic, sorcery, charms and astrology played a prominent part, though these had been banned in Israel… These young men from Jerusalem’s court needed to be secure in their knowledge of Yahweh to be able to study this literature objectively without allowing it to undermine their faith.

Good reminders for our own day.

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