[b-hebrew] Darius the Mede

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Mon Apr 19 17:12:29 EDT 2010

Another view that is worth considering is that put forward by David Valeta ('Lions and Ovens and Visions' - Sheffield Phoenix, 2008), which is that Daniel is a political satire. If Valeta is right, then Darius the Mede would not even need to be historical, and we can all stop searching. It would make Darius the Mede no more historical than Colonel Klink of 'Hogan's Heroes' fame.

Whether Valeta is correct or not, we must all admit that the search for Darius the Mede has to date yielded pretty much nothing of actual substance. Despite what has been said, we actually know quite a lot about the second half of the 6th century BC, so there are very few if any gaps within which we can squeeze Darius the Mede. All the theories discussed thus far on this list all depend on identifying Darius the Mede as someone else, and this is problematic methodologically. We just cannot prove such connections, so they can only ever be tentative at best. This problem is compounded by the fact that Darius the Mede is not mentioned in any other single document known to us from the ancient Near East. We may want to find Darius the Mede in history, but we certainly have our work cut out for us in this case.

Let the search continue...

Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)

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