[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest, Darius the Mede and

thebodyofjesusthenazoraion at juno.com thebodyofjesusthenazoraion at juno.com
Fri Apr 16 14:51:08 EDT 2010

Could ya'll comment on this hypothesis

 Stephen Miller's appropriation of D. J. Wiseman's hypothesis that "Darius the Mede" and Cyrus the Great were the same person, a highly speculative theory. This "solution" to the absence of nonbiblical references to "Darius the Mede" is based on the claim that Daniel 6:28, which says that "Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian" has been mistranslated and should read that "Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, even in the reign of Cyrus the Persian." By claiming that the Aramaic waw traditionally translated with the English conjunction and could have meant even or namely in this verse, Wiseman and proponents of this interpretation "solve" the problem of Darius's historicity by making this just another name for Cyrus, who was mentioned in several extrabiblical records contemporary to the time when Daniel presumably served as an important official in the sixth-century BC Babylonian and Persian governments. We will soon see that this interpretation of Daniel 6:28 is tenuous at best.

Eva Ritsema

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