Review of “The Case Against Miracles”, Part 2: Evangelical Scholar Agrees that Daniel Faked his Prophecies

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Daniel in the Lions’ Den by Peter Paul Rubens

From the Introduction to The Case Against Miracles, edited by John Loftus:

There are a series of faked prophecies in the Book of Daniel, purportedly made during King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign over Babylon, from about 605-562 BCE (see Daniel 2 & 7).  These prophecies were about the futures of four centuries of kingdoms, beginning with Babylon and including Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.  Even evangelical scholar Kenton Sparks argues that these prophecies are faked.  They are “amazingly accurate and precise” up until a certain point where they “fail”.  He wrote:  “Scholars believe that this evidence makes it very easy to date Daniel’s apocalypses.  One merely follows the amazingly accurate prophecies until they fail.  Because the predictions of the Jewish persecutions in 167 BCE are correct, and because the final destiny of Antiochus in 164 BCE is not, it follows that the visions and their interpretations can be dated sometime between 167 and 164 BCE.”  –pp. 20-21

Gary:  Wow!  If even evangelical Christian scholars are now admitting that the Book of Daniel is a work of fraud, what does that say about the fact that Jesus of Nazareth (allegedly) quoted from this work of fraud??

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