Questions tagged [daniel]

Questions regarding the book of Daniel or the prophet. The book has both Aramaic and Hebrew sections and takes place at the beginning of the Babylonian Exile.

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Arguments for early/late date of authorship of Daniel

What are the most significant arguments for an early date of authorship of Daniel (6th century BC)? What are the primary arguments for a late date (2nd century BC)?
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Does "days" in prophecy equal "years" (Daniel 9 - Seventy Weeks)

A lot of theologians take Daniel's seventy weeks and interpret the seventy weeks to be 490 years, a year for each day. From a hermeneutic standpoint, I seek to know if this type of calculation is good ...
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Why is Daniel Chapter 2:4 - 7:28 written in Aramaic?

Question is straightforward: Why is part of Daniel written in Hebrew but a middle section written in Aramaic?
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Ezekiel 14:14 speaks of Daniel (in modern translations), is this the same Daniel of other scriptures?

Ezekiel 14:14 (NET bible) Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would save only their own lives by their righteousness, declares the sovereign Lord. The Hebrew here is ...
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Who is the man in Daniel's vision in Daniel 10?

Who does Daniel see in his vision in Daniel 10?
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What is חֶמְדַּת נָשִׁים in Daniel 11:37

Daniel chapter 11 speaks of the Willful king that will profane the temple and persecute the Jews. One of the many descriptions given to him is found in verse 37, וְעַל-אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתָיו לֹא יָבִין, ...
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On what basis do translators translate echad in Daniel 10:13 to be one instead of first?

Daniel 10:13 NIV 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. ...
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What is the purpose of the long and repetitious lists in Daniel 3?

In Daniel 3, the author seems to go out of the way to multiply words. In verse two he names a long list of groups of people: He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, ...
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Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?

There are a handful of Aramaic passages in the Bible; notably in Daniel and Ezra. Since the writing system of these two was the same, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
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Daniel 7:27 translation

I hope someone can help me with this one. Question - What is the correct translation of end of Daniel 7:27? Is it Him (God) or it (kingdom)? As much as I looked, all English translations say Him - ...
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What is the antecedent of “he” in Daniel 9:27?

I have been having trouble trying to figure out the antecedent of the word "he" in a particular verse of the Bible. I was wondering if you could help. The passage is Daniel 9:25–27: v. 25) ...
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What is the judgment in Psalm 1?

The ending of Psalm 1 provides great hope for those who delight in the instruction of the Lord: Not so the wicked; rather, they are like chaff that wind blows away. Therefore the wicked ...
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What is the rock that dashes the feet of the fourth kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?

Interestingly there is a magical rock that moves all by itself and attacks the fourth kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream. What is this little rock that is so marvelous and when did (or when will it) ...
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In Daniel 9.26 does the end "come like a flood" or will the end "be with a flood"?

I am reading from the Book of Daniel Chapter 9:26 (NIV) concerning an end-time prophecy, where it is written, 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have ...
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Is the Aramaic word "ara" in Daniel 2:39 a paranomasia (pun)?

Daniel 2:39a (NASB) says: "After you, there will arise another kingdom inferior [ara] to you ...." The kingdom referred to here is indicated by the silver breast and arms of the statue that ...
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What did Nebuchadnezzar actually say in Daniel 3:25?

In Daniel 3:25, both Young's Literal and Green's Literal give : ... a son of the gods whereas the KJV gives : ... the son of God. Young lists the word Elah, as being the Chaldee word which ...
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Does 1 Thessalonians 4:17 borrow from Daniel 7?

Paul writes to the Thessalonians: After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord ...
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What did "Kingdom of Greece" refer to in Daniel 8:21?

I was reading Daniel 8:15-27, where it says: .... the ram you saw that had two horns represents the kingdoms of Media and Persia. The goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the prominent horn ...
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Jeremiah 21 King Nebuchadnezzar same as in Daniel?

Jeremiah 21:2 says that King Nebuchadnezzar is attacking Israel. Is this the same Nebuchadnezzar that places Daniel in a high government position? I know that many kings had the same names at that ...
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Does Daniel 12 imply the righteous will become stars?

The penultimate chapter of Daniel tells of a time of great war between the "King of the North" and the "King of the South". For the purposes of this question, it probably doesn't much matter who ...
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What do the toes represent in the final kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?

Assuming the Legs and feet are the Roman Empire, what are we to make of its 'ten toes' that are half clay and half iron? I assume that something 'within' or absorbed by the developing Empire can be ...
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Why would the royal food and wine have defiled Daniel and his companions?

At the outset of their training into the service of the king Babylon, Daniel and his companions are to be given a daily portion of royal food and wine from the king's table. Daniel 1:8 then says: ...
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Book of Daniel original language

The book of Daniel is said to be written in Hebrew, Aramaic (late and early) and the the author also used loan words from Persian and Greek. If the original scrolls are not available, how do scholars ...
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What is the evidence that Daniel was composed entirely in Aramaic?

Another question asked why a section running from Ch. 2 - Ch. 7 of Daniel is written in Aramaic rather than in Hebrew like the rest of the book. One of the answers pointed out that some have theorized ...
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In Daniel 10:13, is the angelic speaker himself left alone, or does he leave Michael?

While looking at interpretations of Daniel 10:13, I found something that seemed strange in the writings of Theodoret. In most modern translations, the verse reads something like this: The prince ...
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What is a "Pre-Christian" understanding of the Abomination of Desolation?

In Matt. 24:15 and Mark 13:14 it says, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (in the Mark account, it says "where ...
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Where was Daniel when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fire?

In chapter 3 of book of Daniel we find the story of the three young men that are thrown in fire because they refused to worship the image of gold that Nebuchadnezzar made. King Nebuchadnezzar made an ...
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Which four kingdoms are represented in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2?

Question is straightforward: Which four kingdoms are represented in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2?
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No one has seen the father John 1:18 & John 6:46

If no one has seen the Father according to Jesus Himself “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭ And “not that anyone has seen ...
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Could "time, times, and half a time" be understood to symbolize the "average" lifespan of humans?

Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time ...
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When do those who think the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 refer to years think the weeks began?

I have recently been looking into possible dates for the beginning of Jesus' ministry. I believe that Daniel's weeks of years prophecy refers to when Jesus begins His ministry (I used to errantly ...
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Who is the 'we' in Daniel 2:36?

Daniel 2 29 “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, ...
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In Daniel 7:15, what is the meaning of the word נִדְנֶה?

In Dan. 7:15, the Aramaic text states, טו אֶתְכְּרִיַּת רוּחִי אֲנָה דָנִיֵּאל בְּגוֹא נִדְנֶה וְחֶזְוֵי רֵאשִׁי יְבַהֲלֻנַּנִי which the King James Version translates into English as, 15 I ...
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Why did Michael wait 21 days to come to help the angel that was sent to Daniel?

In Daniel 10:2-3 ,12-14 (NIV) we read: ²At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. ³I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks ...
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What does "run to and fro" in Daniel 12:4 mean?

Daniel 12:4 says "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." (KJV) Now, what does the phrase "...
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How does Revelation 1:7 compare to Matthew 24:30?

In the Gospel of Matthew, 24:30 (NIV), Jesus says: Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the ...
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What are the four types of "wise men" in Daniel 2?

In Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar has dealings with four types of "wise men". NIV and NLT render them "magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers." The ESV does something rather confusing and renders ...
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How do Jews interpret Daniel 7:13–14?

As a Reformed Christian, a take a Christological reading of Daniel 7:13–14: Daniel 7:13-14 (ESV) 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven    &...
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In Daniel 11:10 why is וּבָנָ֣ו translated to as plural?

But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his ...
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How historical-critical biblical scholars calculate the 490 year prophecy in Daniel 9?

Introduction The accepted date of authorship by critical scholars for the visions in Daniel (7-12) is the second century BC (Maccabean revolt 167-3 BC). The reasoning goes that the predictions in ...
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Who is the king stated as being, "one is", in Revelation 17:10, KJV?

Revelation 17:10: And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. (My emphasis) This sixth king (following ...
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Do the 'sevens' in Daniel 9:24-26 refer to years in a land sabbath cycle?

Daniel 9:24-26 (YLT): ... 'Seventy weeks [sevens] are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, to shut up the transgression, and to seal up sins, and to cover iniquity, and to bring in ...
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When did the textual variation in Daniel 7:13 arise?

Daniel's famous vision is recorded in the middle of chapter 7: I was watching in the night visions, “And with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man was approaching. He went up to the Ancient ...
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Are the "70 sevens" of Daniel 9:24 alluding to Leviticus 26:18-33? [closed]

Did the 70 years of the Babylonian Captivity stem from the warnings found Lev 26:18-33? The Babylonian exile had lasted 70 years. The following passage indicates that during this period of 70 years, ...
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Who is the little horn that 'has eyes' and is 'speaking' blasphemous things in Daniel 7?

I will keep the question simple. Who is the little horn that 'has eyes' and is 'speaking' blasphemous things in Daniel 7?
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What does "closed and sealed" mean in the language it was written in?

Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel; for these words are "closed and sealed" till the time of the end.
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Why did Daniel refuse Belshazzar's gifts in Daniel 5:16-17?

After interpreting the writing on the wall Daniel refuses the king's gifts Daniel 5:16-17 [16]But I personally have heard about you, that you are able to give interpretations and solve difficult ...
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Why is Hebrew for 'Lord' (אֲדֹנָ֛י) sometimes translated as 'O Lord'?

I noticed the phrase 'O Lord' several times in Daniel's prayer in Chapter 9. For example: O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, ...
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What is the meaning of “ten thousands” in Daniel 11:12

Daniel 11:12 KJV And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it. Most commentators connect ...
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Who is the fourth man in Daniel 3:25?

In Daniel 3:25 says: 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. (KJV) Is this ...