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However, several internal inconsistencies give rise to certain questions and we are forced to ask whether these dates can be taken as the date of composition. The book of Daniel portrays him as the Babylonian king in the first year of whose reign Daniel has his dream of the four great beasts which come up out of the sea.(7:1-14) Belshazzar was said to have been slain after he saw the writing on the wall, at which time Darius the Mede supposedly took over the Babylonian kingdom () Actually Belshazzar was the son of the Babylonian king, Nabonidus, and he ruled in place of his father when Nabonidus went to live in Teima in the Arabian desert for eight years (c.Furthermore he makes no mention of the fact that it was the Edict of Cyrus of 538 BCE.which finally allowed the Hebrews to return to Israel.The most obvious conclusion would be that the Book of Daniel was written at the time of the profanation of the Temple by Antiochus IV, during the Maccabean revolt which that sacrilege provoked.That would explain why the author is not very precise about sixth century events, why he is so precise about the time of Antiochus, and why he was never counted among the prophets.Fourth the predictions given by Daniel in the form of the interpretation of dreams and visions are remarkably accurate up to a point. These can readily be identified as the Babylonian, the Persian, the Greek and the divided Greek empire (after the death of Alexander the Great).He continues to tell the "future" with great accuracy.
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Thirdly, the whole genre of Apocalyptic literature which Daniel represents only developed during the period of crisis and persecution under Antiochus.
The few examples of Apocalyptic in the Old Testament are all late, and the popularity of Apocalyptic in the New Testament is indication that it was a relatively new and popular literary form around the time of Jesus.
Although it does not actually claim to have been written in the sixth century BCE, the Book of Daniel gives clear internal dates such as "the third year of the reign of king Jehoiakim," (1:1), that is, 606 BCE); "the second year of the reign of king Nebuchadnezzar, " (2:1), that is, 603 BCE); "the first year of Darius," (9:1), that is 522 BCE); "in the third year of Cyrus," (10:1), that is 547 or perhaps 536).
Daniel and his associates are portrayed as Jewish Exiles in Babylon during that period.