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This is another book of scripture that has suffered at the hands of the critics. Modern critical scholarship rejects the traditional dating of the 6th century BC and puts it c.168 BC. However there are many reasons why we should accept the traditional dating of the 6th century. One of the best discussions on this is be found in 'The Prophecy of Daniel' ( Edward Young; Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1975). We will not rehearse the arguments here, but just say that we accept the traditional dating and author of this book.
Daniel was taken captive to Babylon in the first of the three invasions by Nebuchadnezzar. Ezekiel being taken on the second one whilst Jerusalem was destroyed on the third occasion. Daniel was in the court of Nebuchadnezzar and played a prominent part there.