Nebuchadnezzar/Antiochus numerical values Concerning the Kings mentioned or referred to in the book of Daniel Nebuchadnezzar/ Nabonidus Belshazzar Darius the Mede Persian Kings Porphyry Conclusion Bibliography Daniel Manuscripts found at Qumran Other Manuscripts found at Qumran that refer to Daniel year of Cyrus king of Persia, who together with Darius the Mede conquered the Kingdom of Babylon including the city itself.
According to the data the book itself provides, chapter one starts c.604 BC or 18 years before the temple is destroyed in 586 BC and ends two years after the 70 years of exile are completed thus making Cyrus 3 year occur c.532 BC (this differs from modern dating for Cyrus by about 5 years).
[Introduction: Critics on Daniel] [Placement in Canon] [Jesus Ben Sirach] [Historical Issues] [Linguistic Issues] [Indications of Early Date] [The 4 Kingdoms Issue] [Conclusion] Outside of the Pentateuch, no book of the OT has been subjected to as much scrutiny as the Book of Daniel.
The detailed and accurate prophecies contained in that book have motivated many, Skeptic and professed believer alike, to subscribe to the theory of a late date of composition for Daniel in the time of the Maccabees.
A word to begin, relative to the state of the question at hand. Since Driver first wrote, the arguments about Daniel have barely changed (Eccl.
In many cases we shall cite an argument originally used by a critic who wrote at the beginning of this century, S. 1:9) - indeed, some of the arguments that Driver later retracted are still in use by some critics.
I Maccabees 2 Esdras Hebrew names of the heroes New Testament references Josephus Other external references Daniels grave Examination of Evidence for a Late Date Placement in the Bible (Ketuvim instead of Neviim) Ben Sira Daniels age 1:1 3 year of Nebuchadnezzars reign Chapter 4 - Nebuchadnezzars madness Chapter 11 Antiochus Ephiphanes?Generally, the Maccabeean theory holds that the Book of Daniel was written around 168-165 BC.Most modern radical critics hold that the book was completed in its final form at that time, but some allow for parts of Daniel (mainly chapters 1-6) to have an earlier date prior to 168-165.Both the stories and the visions follow a chronological order denoted by the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus.The heathen kingdoms are symbolized by ‘beasts’ under whom the Jews suffer, but in the face of death Daniel’s companions display loyalty to their God (Dan.