552 - 545 BCE.) However, no evidence exists for the assassination of Belshazzar and it is known from conclusive extra-Biblical evidence that in fact Cyrus of Persia took the Babylonian crown from Nabonidus in 539.
Darius was the second successor to Cyrus after Cambyses and he (Darius) ascended the Persian throne in 522 BCE.
If the author had been accepted to be a sixth century Jew of the Exile his work would have pre-dated Ezra and Nehemiah and would certainly have been considered authoritative enough to group it with the other prophets.
What explanation could make sense of these inconsistencies?
The Babylonian king of 605 - 562 BCE was in fact called nabu-kuddurri-usur which should be transliterated into Hebrew script as Neuchadezzar (as it is in eg. The change of that one letter gives this name the same numerical value in Hebrew (which had no separate numbers and so used letters to represent numbers) as the name Antiochus Epiphanes.
This is too coincidental to be accidental and too contrived to be miraculous.
He tells of "a mighty king who shall arise and rule with great dominion" who can be recognized as Alexander (336 - 323 BCE, (11:3).
Third it does not seem to be consistent with the facts that the Babylonians are presented as actively persecuting the Jews and attempting to destroy their religion.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.Her first appearance will be in episode 13, “Devil’s Bargain.” Ackles joins a list of guest stars for this record season that include Christian Keyes, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Keith Szarabajka, Yadira Guevara-Prip and Clark Backo, as well as the returns of David Haydn-Jones, Osric Chau, Lorette Devine, Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton, Katherine Ramdeen and Kim Rhodes.Ackles, who is married to “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles is best known for starring in the cult classic “Harold & Kumar” film franchise, in addition to her role as Rachel Gatina on the long-running WB series “One Tree Hill.” She previously appeared with her husband in the 2007 independent film “Ten Inch Hero,” and in 2014 she worked with “Supernatural” star Misha Collins in his digital short “TSA America: Suspicious Bulges.” Ackles is repped by The Gersh Agency and Untitled Entertainment.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.In fact the Jews lived quite peacefully and had plenty of opportunity to practice their faith in exile in Babylon.The synagogue and the canonization of the Torah have their origins in Babylonian Judaism, as, of course, does the Babylonian Talmud.What other evidence is there to support such a conclusion, apart from the fact that it answers our questions so neatly?First, stories about Daniel had circulated before the time of Antiochus and had long been used to encourage faithful obedience to and observance of Jewish law.