However I have slightly edited some bits or added my own writing, for the purpose of clarity.
One of Daniel’s contemporaries was the prophet Ezekiel (622 BC - 570 BC).
There are two major views on dating Daniel, and several compromises between these views.
First, there is the view that the book contains narrative history in its stories, and that it should be dated according to its internal chronology.
He is also a bit more respectful of arguments for an early date than are many critical scholars, though he does reject an early date unequivocally.
If you are unacquainted with general issues of dating in Daniel, please read my entry Determining Date and Authorship, in which I discuss the basics of how a Biblical book would be dated, and also make reference specifically to the book of Daniel.
Most modern radical critics hold that the book was completed in its final form at that time, but some allow for parts of Daniel (mainly chapters 1-6) to have an earlier date prior to 168-165. Do we have any proof that it was written before the events it foretold happened?My professor told our class that it was written after the events and made to look like real prophecies.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.