Dr. Block's educational and research background includes post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (2002, 2010, 2016); DPhil in Semitics and Classical Hebrew, University of Liverpool, England (1982); MA in Biblical Studies—Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois (1973); BA in History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1969); special studies in History of Thought and Culture, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany (1968–69); BEd at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1968); Diploma in Biblical Studies, Bethany Bible College, Hepburn, Saskatchewan (1965).
Dr. Block is the author of more than 170 scholarly essays and numerous popular articles on biblical texts and subjects. His most recent major publications are: The Triumph of Grace: Literary and Theological Studies in Deuteronomy and Deuteronomic Themes (Wipf & Stock, 2017); a commentary on the book of Ruth titled, Ruth: The King is Coming; Zondervan, 2015); and For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship (2014). Other significant publications include a two-volume commentary on The Book of Ezekiel (Eerdmans, 1997, 1998), a commentary on Judges and Ruth (Broadman & Holman, Nashville, 1999), a commentary on Obadiah: The Kingship Belongs to YHWH (Zondervan, 2014), a commentary on Deuteronomy (NIVAC, 2012), two additional volumes of essays on this book, How I Love Your Torah, O LORD! (2011); The Gospel according to Moses (2012); Ezekiel’s Hope: A Commentary on Ezekiel 38-48 in conversation with Jacob Milgrom (2012); two collections of essays on Ezekiel in By the River Chebar: Historical, Literary, and Theological Studies in the Book of Ezekiel (2013); Beyond the River Chebar: Studies in Kingship and Eschatology in the Book of Ezekiel (2013). His primary current project is a synthetic study of divine covenants in Scriptures, examining their relationships to one another, and their role in biblical revelation generally. He also serves as senior editor for the new Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament. Previously he had played a major role in the production of The New Living Translation of the Bible (2004), serving as General Reviewer for Genesis-Deuteronomy and advisor on the book of Ezekiel. He is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Institute of Biblical Research, which he served as president from 2001–2006.
Daniel is the ninth child in a family of fifteen. He was nurtured in the faith in Mennonite Brethren churches in Saskatchewan, Canada. Having been ordained to the ministry by the Baptist General Conference, in Minnesota, he has preached and served as Interim Preaching Pastor in numerous churches—Baptist General Conference, Evangelical Covenant, Evangelical Free, Independent, Anglican, Southern Baptist, etc. He lectures and preaches frequently at Bible conferences and spiritual retreats, often focusing either on making the Old Testament live for Christians today or recovering a biblical theology of worship for the church. His passion for the Kingdom of God is also reflected in his commitment to the local church. He and his wife Ellen are active members of College Church in Wheaton, where Dr. Block preaches occasionally and currently teaches “When God Abandons his People—Hearing Ezekiel” to 150–200 eager students in the Veritas adult community group. These sermons are being video-recorded and translated into Mandarin. In the past decade, every two years Daniel and Ellen have worked as a team guiding and teaching pilgrims to the Holy Land under the auspices of “Block Israel Study Tours.”
When they need a break from studies or the pressures of teaching, Daniel and Ellen often visit their children and grandchildren, currently in British Columbia and Columbia, SC. They have enjoyed home improvement projects around their own and their children’s houses. They both find nothing more therapeutic than gardening, creating miniature paradises in the little corner of the world wherever they have lived. Delight in God’s creation and hard work are both expressions of worship and devotion to God.
Daniel retired from his professorship at Wheaton College, in January, 2017. He and Ellen (who is also a native Saskatchewanian) have been blessedly married for 54 years. They have two adult children, a daughter Jonelle (married to Douglas Yates), and a son Jason (married to Carolyn Ratzlaff), who have presented them with six delightful grandchildren. (January, 2020).