Paul M. Lederach presents the stories and dream-visions of Daniel with wisdom drawn from years of developing curriculum materials and teaching and preaching in the church. He sees in Daniel a persistent call to endurance and loyality to God, even while believers suffer for their faith, pray for deliverance, and speak truth to kings. God’s reign is ever present and moving to fullness in God's own way. Although ruling beasts may rampage for a while, God is sovereign over history and cuts their time short.
This Old Testament apocalyptic book interprets ancient history through signs and symbols. It predicts a future in which martyrs are raised to everlasting life and share in the triumph of God’s kingdom, which shall fill the whole earth.
Paul M. Lederach was ordained to the ministry in the Franconia Mennonite Conference at Norristown, Pa., in 1944. While connected with the Mennonite Publishing House, he was editor of the pioneer Mennonite graded Sunday school project, the Herald Graded Sunday School Series. He served as director of the Curriculum Development and Service Department, as administrator of the Congregational Literature Division, and as executive director of the Foundation Series. Paul received a B.A. from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, a Th.B. from Goshen Biblical Seminary, an M.R.E. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and a D.Ed. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth). He is author of Reshaping the Teaching Ministry, Teaching in the Congregation, and A Third Way.