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November 30, 2006 / Daniel

the study of Daniel

So I’ve been studying the OT book of Daniel lately (the title of this post could be kind of confusing).

One of the major questions of interpretation of the book is its date.  Was it written in the 6th century BC by the prophet Daniel or was it written in the 2nd century BC during the crisis with Antiochus Ephipanes?  An early date means that Daniel is writing true prophecy.  A late date means that the book is just historical fiction/quasi-prophesy.

If you adopt the latter date, you have  explain  how this type of literature ended up in the canon.  How does this affect our view of Scripture?

Here’s an article that I’m reading by John H. Walton on this difficult subject.



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  1. Matthew C / Dec 1 2006 10:55 am

    This may surprise you, but I think Daniel wrote it.

    Have you read E.B. Pusey’s work ‘Daniel the Prophet’? He responded to many arguments in his day for a later date of Daniel.

  2. fiester25 / Dec 1 2006 4:00 pm

    I believe that Daniel’s authorship is by far the consensus of evangelical scholarship. That’s definitely safe company.

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