Here’s what the text says: And in those days two rulers of the great nation shall contend, But no place shall be found for flip-floppers, And the ruler shall maintain his throne And continue his strategery Without eloquence of speech.For through his might he deposed the king of Babylon Even though his weapons of mass destruction he did not find.Moreover, even critical scholars date Ezekiel very early. Manweiler writes, Ezekiel is probably the most carefully dated of all Old Testament books…we here note that the majority of biblical scholars, even of those who reject the inspiration and unity of the Bible, believe most of the book was written in the sixth century BC by the prophet Ezekiel..The dream of Pharaoh's butler indicated that he would be release from prison 'within three days' ("The Maccabean date hypothesis, a widely held theory of the origin and date of the Book of Daniel, was originally advanced by the third-century A. The discomfiture of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar as related in Daniel were intended to be prophetic of the defeats and downfall of the hated Epiphanes."Following Jerome's refutation of Porphyry, he was more or less dismissed by Christian scholarship as a mere pagan detractor who had allowed a naturalistic bias to warp his judgment. C.), in relation to his prophetic ministry (Dan 10:1). The appearance of Persian-derived governmental terms, even in the earlier chapters composed in Aramaic, strongly suggests that these chapters were given their final form after Persian had become the official language of government."Notice carefully that our task is much more simple than would first appear.But during the time of the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century, all supernatural elements in Scripture came under suspicion, and Porphyry's theory received increasing support from J. Daniel seems to have revised and completed his memoirs during his retirement sometime about 532 or 530 B. when he would have been close to ninety years old (assuming his birth c. We do NOT have to demonstrate that the Book of Daniel was written according to conservative theories--in the 6th century BC." I discuss this question in great detail in my book on Daniel, "Daniel, Prophet to the Nations." This book came out in a new edition just last month. The visions found in Daniel predict with unimaginable accuracy that the 11th emperor of Rome (Domitian) would persecute the church, change the calendar and the legal system of Rome.
Both the stories and the visions follow a chronological order denoted by the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus.The book is placed by Christians, following the LXX, in the section of the OT after the major prophets; but in the Hebrew Bible it is included among the Writings.The first six chapters contain the popular stories of the Burning Fiery Furnace, Belshazzar’s Feast, and the Lions’ Den.The prophecies that are usually 'objected to' in this way are the detailed prophecies in chapter 11, especially with reference to 11.21-35 dealing with Antiochus Epiphanes. They all agreed that every accurate prediction in Daniel was written after it had already been fulfilled (a ) and therefore in the period of the Maccabean revolt (168-165 B. Also some of them were inclined to question the unity of the book on the ground of internal evidence and language differences; certain portions of the book--particularly the narratives in chapters 2-6--were thought to come from third-century authors or even earlier.So we will concentrate on that section first, and then broaden the discussion to encompass some of the earlier prophecies (e.g. Essentially the same position is maintained even to this day by liberal scholars throughout Christendom.