Historical Problems in the Book of Daniel

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Historical Problems in the Book of Daniel

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A Paper

Presented to

Dr. Michael Heiser

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

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In Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements for the Course

OBST 592_D03_201240_ 2012

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by

Wendy Robyn Foster

wrfoster@liberty.edu

December 9, 2012

Table of Contents INTRODUCTION 4 Known authenticating issues and anecdotes 4 Belshazzar and Darius Dating Language Validation of Canonicity 9 Conclusion 12 Bibliography 13

INTRODUCTION
Many questions have risen out of the book of Daniel and the Bible as a whole. Due to numerous issues, many historians consider Daniel a narrative rather than a historical document. This is despite its placement in the canon by the founding fathers. Among the many problems are dating, names, and the usage of Greek and Persian in a book that is otherwise Hebrew and Aramaic. Despite the fact that Daniel is considered a book written after the occurrence, even a forgery, critical thinking and research are necessary for proper understanding, as well as its proper placement in history. Rather than do extended research on the subject, it has been easier to give up and not search further for truth.
This paper will aim to prove that not only was Daniel indeed a real man that wrote the book bearing his name but also that it is not a work of fiction; rather, a historical work completely inspired by God. It will further correlate the book with Babylonian history to find its place in the history of the world. It is the prayer of this author that the research found will also shine the same authenticity on the entire Word of God; as the genuinness and historicity of the Bible is at stake as well. For bible believers, there has to be an answer to this. Are people just to accept the book of Daniel without proof? Pure belief that the bible is true



Bibliography: Cooper, Dr. William R. The Authenticity of the Book of Daniel. Kindle, 2012. Miller, Stephen R. Daniel. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman Reference, 1994. Waltke, Bruce K. "Date of the Book of Daniel." Bibliotheca Sacra 133, no. 532 (October 1, 1976): 319-329 Carol Stream: Tyndale Press, 1965. [ 3 ]. D.J. Wiseman, ed., Notes On Some Problems in the Book of Daniel, ed. D. J. Wiseman (Carol Stream: Tyndale Press, 1965), 14. [ 4 ]. D.J. Wiseman, ed., Notes On Some Problems in the Book of Daniel, ed. D. J. Wiseman (Carol Stream: Tyndale Press, 1965), 10. [ 5 ]. D.J. Wiseman, ed., Notes on Some Problems in the Book of Daniel, ed. D. J. Wiseman (Carol Stream: Tyndale Press, 1965), 10. [ 6 ]. J. Finegan in D.J. Wiseman, ed., Notes on Some Problems in the Book of Daniel, 1965, p 18 [ 7 ] [ 8 ]. William Sanford LaSor, David Allan Hubbard, and Frederic William Bush, Old Testament Survey: the Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996), 574. [ 9 ]. Stephen R. Miller, Daniel (Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman Reference, 1994), 28. [ 16 ]. H. H. Hoehner in Edwin M.Yamauchi, 1980. "Hermeneutical issues in the book of Daniel." Journal Of The Evangelical Theological Society 23, no. 1: 13-21. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed November 11, 2012).

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