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Arguments for early/late date of authorship of Daniel

The most important arguement for a late date is that if Daniel were written in the 6th Century BC, it would mean that predictive prophecy had occurred, an astounding thing. Other less significant ...
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No one has seen the father John 1:18 & John 6:46

Great question that has been asked many times in various ways on this site previously. Let me quote John 1:18 according to the ESV. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s ...
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Did Daniel & his friends submit to King Nebuchadnezzar because of Jeremiah prophecy in Jer 27?

Jeremiah's advice to submit to the King of Babylon must indeed have seemed like traitorous advice to many patriotic Judeans, something like a contemporary prophet telling Americans they should submit ...
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What is the purpose of the long and repetitious lists in Daniel 3?

Although the prominence of long lists in the court tales of Daniel is often noted by commentators, I am aware of only one study devoted to understanding their use in the book, and their relation to ...
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Which covenant was confirmed "with the many"for one week? (Daniel 9:27)

Jesus confirmed his covenant, the New Covenant, for one week. In the middle of the week (3 ½ years into his ministry) he was “cut off” thus, putting an end to the sacrifices and offerings of the old ...
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How should the 2300 evenings and mornings be understood in Daniel 8:13-14?

They are literal days. This vision concerns the rise of Antiochus IV Epiphianes and the Maccabean Revolt during the 2nd cent. BC. The time period is pin pointed by verses 20 - 21. "20 The ram ...
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Why is Daniel Chapter 2:4 - 7:28 written in Aramaic?

The Aramaic in the Book of Daniel has two purposes: The Aramaic provided a perfect chiasm to the parallel Hebrew portions of the text; and The Aramaic is special divine revelation to the Gentiles, ...
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Arguments for early/late date of authorship of Daniel

Here are a few excerpts from “The Book of Daniel Confirmed by the Dead Sea Scrolls,” by Gerhard Hasel arguing for an earlier date of authorship for the book of Daniel than what is commonly accepted by ...
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Why did Daniel not return to Jerusalem according to the decree of Cyrus in Ezra 1?

The Rev. Joseph Benson notes in his commentary on Daniel 10:1, In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia — That is, the third after the death of Darius. Daniel must now have been above ninety years ...
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What is the meaning of “ten thousands” in Daniel 11:12

Each army had a multiple of tens of thousands on both sides of the battle of Raphia. According to Polybius' history Ptolemy IV had 70,000 foot soldiers, 5,000 horse and 73 elephants; while Antiochus ...
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Could the book of Daniel have been deliberately archaised

The Book of Daniel presents the most difficult level of language of virtually any book in the Old Testament, according to my Hebrew professors. As such, its study is reserved for the higher levels of ...
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Does Daniel 4:27 mean atonement can be accomplished through "good deeds"?

This looks to me like a call to repentance, replacing bad works with good ones. Isn't this the same advice that John the Baptist was giving? (Luke ch3 vv10-14). Compare also Isaiah ch1 v16, where &...
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Does Daniel 4:27 mean atonement can be accomplished through "good deeds"?

The OP's translation is somewhat misleading - the word "atone" does not appear in the verse. Here are some better translations of Dan 4:27 - NIV: Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to ...
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In Daniel 7:15, what is the meaning of the word נִדְנֶה?

The word spelt ndn in both Hebrew and Aramaic means "sheath" (for a sword). Aramaic ndnh means "its sheath" (with the pronominal suffix for the 3rd person singular). It is a loanword from Old Persian. ...
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What is the meaning of "seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks" in Daniel 9:25-26?

Context is critical to understand this. All the following is quoted from Young's Literal Translation. What started Daniel's conversation with Gabriel? Daniel 9:1 In the first year of Darius, son of ...
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How can we understand the different dates in Haggai & Daniel about King Darius?

For starters, Darius the Mede and Darius the Great might not even be the same person. Assuming that they are, as you certainly seem to, we run into another problem: Darius the Mede received the ...
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Why did Daniel refuse Belshazzar's gifts in Daniel 5:16-17?

Daniel knew that any gift from Belshazzar would be very temporary, as the Medes were at the gate. Daniel was soon to be under a different king, and Belshazzar's gifts would be taken for another. "...
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Who is the fourth man in Daniel 3:25?

John Calvin considered the possibility that the fourth man was Christ, but settled on identifying the man as an angel instead. See https://biblehub.com/commentaries/calvin/daniel/3.htm Charles ...
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Who is the 'we' in Daniel 2:36?

[Dan 2:17 KJV] 17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: [Dan 2:18 KJV] 18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven ...
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No one has seen the father John 1:18 & John 6:46

To interpret the passages you need to apply the correct hermeneutics. In the Old Testament, the Hebraic concept of ‘representation’ needs to be taken into account. That is, if a representative of an ...
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Why do Daniel 7:5 and Revelation 13:2 mention a bear, while Jeremiah 5:6 mentions a wolf?

We should recall that the inspired record uses two different types of prophecy: Literal with the occasional metaphor. In this type of prophecy, all the words used can be understood fairly literally, ...
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Why do Bible commentators not regard the Darius (the Mede) in the book of Daniel and the Darius in the book of Ezra as same person?

It is almost certain that there are two different people named "Darius". One of these is well-known historically, and the other is highly debatable. King Darius of Persia, also known as &...
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Why do Bible commentators not regard the Darius (the Mede) in the book of Daniel and the Darius in the book of Ezra as same person?

Why do Bible commentators not regard the Darius (the Mede) in the book of Daniel and the Darius in the book of Ezra as same person? The dates of the period are: 605 (autumn) - Nebuchadnezzar takes ...
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