The book is arranged in two parts, chapters 1-6, which contain historical records, and chapters 7-12 which contain visions that Daniel personally received.
Each part has its chapters arranged chronologically. The Aramaic section is from 2:4b to the end of chapter 7. The idea being that Daniel must have been written not earlier than c.165 BC due to the prophesies in chapter 11 that accurately portray events that occurred in the Middle East up until that time.
Hasel in 1992, and was reproduced in Bible and Spade with permission.
Daniel's words foretold of a Messiah that would be killed at Jerusalem before the temple and Jerusalem were destroyed in 70 CE.Christians logically accept and believe that Jesus fulfilled these prophetic words.The data supports that we live in a universe under supernatural control. ) reveal unique textual and linguistic styles from that era. By comparing the texts of the Elephantine Papyri to the texts of Daniel, scholars have concluded that the textual style of Daniel places the book within the era of the 5th century BCE.To this end, conservative scholars take the position that the book of Daniel was written centuries before 165 BCE. Even Naturalists accept that the style of writing would place the book of Daniel centuries earlier than the 2nd century BCE.Naturalists use 165 BCE as the date of authorship for the book of Daniel. Below are reference web sites that successfully defend that the book of Daniel appears to have been authored in the 6th BCE.
Even if we use 165 BCE as the date of authoring Daniel based on Naturalist bias, Daniel's 70-weeks prophecy contains a very accurate forth telling of the Christian faith. As you review the evidence presented at these web sites, keep in mind that we have shown that Naturalists are biased against the reality of prophecy.
Hershel Shanks, the editor of BAR, says that “a reasonable guess is that 100 of these [unpublished texts] are Biblical texts on 200 plates” (1989c:20).
in a July 9, 1989, editorial, “The Vanity of Scholars,” complained that “the scrolls were discovered in 1947, but many that are in fragments remain unpublished.
(BAR) has played a major role in pushing for publication in a number of articles over the past few years, especially in 19 (Shanks 1989a, 1989b, 1989c, 1989d, 1990).
There have been charges of a scandal because there are about “400 separate unpublished texts arranged on 1,200 different [photographic] plates” hidden for some 40 years from the scrutiny of the scholars.
A word to begin, relative to the state of the question at hand. Since Driver first wrote, the arguments about Daniel have barely changed (Eccl.