The book of Daniel contains three detailed predictions of the
overthrow of the Babylonian empire by Medo-Persia. It also prophesies
the Greek empire under Alexander the Great, the breakdown into four
smaller powers after Alexander’s death, and the subsequent rise of
critics push the date for the composition of Daniel to near 165 BC, in
an effort to discredit the book’s prophecies about the Greek and
Roman empires. Their claim, however, stretches far beyond available
evidence. The case for an early date includes the detailed knowledge
of sixth century BC events not known by a later author, various
archaeological discoveries that confirm the names of characters/kings
in the book, the use of early Aramaic language by the author and the
similarity of theology between Daniel and the other books of the Old
Testament written in the 700-500 BC period.
Ezekiel, the sixth century prophet known to be a contemporary of
Daniel, refers to Daniel three times in his book (Ezekiel 14:14, 14:20
and 28:30) and these references are convincing evidence for the
Considering that Daniel was included in the LXX (translated before 250
BC) it becomes obvious the 165 BC date simply will not work. Lastly,
among the Dead Sea Scrolls eight manuscripts of Daniel survive, one of
these was dated to the late second century BC. It is highly unlikely
the book would have been accepted as Scripture by the
Even if the 165 BC date were to be considered, the prophecies
about “the fourth beast”
Besides its many prophecies of world events, Daniel contains
accurate predictions about Christ. As we will discuss in detail later,
Daniel 9:24:27 – the “Seventy
Sevens” Prophecy – predicts the exact day for Palm Sunday –
the triumphant entrance of Jesus into
Read on about: The Reliability of the Texts of the New Testament.
 See G.L. Archer : A Survey of Old Testament Introduction (1998), pages 423-445. A brief summary can be found in Dr Phil Fernandes, No Other Gods (1998), chapter 6.
 For a very complete overview and strong argument for early dating of Daniel, see Stephen R Miller, The New American Commentary: Daniel, (1994), page 25-43.
 Ibid page 37-38.
 See chapter 24, Exhibit #13: Daniel’s “Seventy Sevens”.
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