Daniel and Late Ezekiel?

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Mon Jun 21 18:35:21 EDT 1999

The mention of Daniel in Ezekiel is almost definitely not of the biblical Daniel who rises through
the corporate ladder of two empires. The reference is almost definitely of the proverbial wise man,
Dan'il (or "Dan'el") who is also known in some of the Ugaritic epics. Being mentioned alongside Job
and Noah puts "Daniel" in a very ancient timeframe - in the "a long, long time ago, in a land far,
far away..." category. He must the proverbial Dan'il.

Thus, this mention of a "Daniel" in Ezekiel cannot be used to date the book of Ezekiel to
Hellenistic times. If we are to do so, we must find other grounds to do it on.

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