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The book, "When was the Book of Daniel Written? A Philological, Linguistic, and Historical Approach" has been printed and it is ready to be sent out. The size is 155 x 230 cm, it has 331 pages, and it is printed in colors. The price is 350 Norwegian kroner, plus postage (Europe: 99 kroner; outside Europe: 122 kroner).

"Our faith in the Bible as God's inspired word stands and falls with the date of the writing of the Book of Daniel. If it was written in the first part of the second century, as is almost universally believed, it contains history in prophetic disguise. In that case, Jesus is wrong when he refers to the prophet Daniel. If it was written at the end of the sixth century, it contains prophecies, whose fulfillments show that it is inspired by God.

CONTENTS

1. When Was the Book of Daniel Written According to Porphyry and Modern Scholars?

Porphyry, followed by modern scholars, argued that the life of Antiochus IV Epiphanies is described in Daniel, and
therefore its "prophecies" are history in prophetic disguise.

PHILOLOGICAL PART-TEXTUAL CRITICISM

2. Daniel and Qumran —The History of the Text

The oldest Daniel manuscript from Qumran is from the last part of the second century BCE, fifty years younger than the
supposed date of writing around 164 BCE. The chapter compares all the Daniel DSS manuscripts with the Masoretic 
Text. 
The close similarities of the texts shows that the Masoretic text can be trusted. However, there are 10.1% minute
variations, which represent copying errors, and this suggests a long copying history before the second century BCE.

LINGUISTIC PART- AN ANALYSIS OF THE LANGUAGES

3. The Date of the Hebrew Text of Daniel

The principles for the dating of books in the Bible are discussed, and they are applied to the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, 
Esther, Chronicles and Ecclesiastes.
Arguments in favour of a late dating of Daniel from the scholars S.R. Driver, and J.J. Collins are discussed in detail.
The same is true with the arguments of Archer Jr. for an early date of Daniel. But most of his arguments are rejected.
Different sides of the Hebrew text that suggest an early date are discussed.

4. The Date of the Aramaic Text of Daniel

Different viewpoints regarding the age of the text are discussed.
The text of Daniel is compared with Aramaic inscriptions from the sixth to the eighth century BCE. It is shown that 68%
of the words in Daniel occur in the inscriptions, and if other Semitic documents are included from this time are 
included, 90% of the words in Daniel occur in these sources. This suggests and early date for the Aramaic part of
Daniel.
The arguments of S.R. Driver, H.H. Rowley for a late date of Daniel are discussed in detail. That is also the dissertation 
of J.J. Choi whot also opts for a late date.
Different sides of the Aramaic of Daniel that suggests an early date are discussed.

HISTORICAL PART-AN ANALYSIS OF THE BOOK FROM AN HISTORICAL POINT OF VIEW

5. The Historicity of the Book of Daniel

All the historical accounts in Daniel are analysed. Do they have characteristics of being tales, or do their contents 
suggest that they are real historical accounts. Arguments by different scholars who believe they are tales are discussed
in detail.

6. Antiochus IV Epiphanes

All the verses in chapters 7, 8, and 11 in Daniel that are believed to describe the history of Antiochus are discussed in 
detail. It is shown that modern Bible translators manipulate their translation of some verses, so they fit the history of 
Antiochus. It is also shown that the few sources that describe the actions of Antiochus are contradictory, and these
sources are to some extent manipulated as well. The conclusion of the chapter, contrary to the almost universal 
agreement, is that Antiochus is not referred to anywhere in the Book of Daniel.

7. Prophecies from the Ancient World and the Prophecies of Daniel

Several scholars believe that five Babylonian cuneiform tablets contain history in prophetic disguise, and that the
author(s) of Daniel used one or more to these as a pattern for similar examples of history in prophetic disguise in his 
book. The chapter contains a new translation of the five tablets and a commentary. The tablets are fragmentary, and
the conclusion is that it is uncertain whether the verbs refer to the future or to the past. So it is not clear that the
tablets really contain history in prophetic disguise. There are no similarities between the tablets and the book of 
Daniel.

8. How Can We Benefit From the Prophecies of Daniel?

The setting of the the book of Daniel is God's kingdom, and not the actions of Antiochus.
The time prophecies and the beasts exclude a second century writing.
How the prophecies of Daniel were used by Jesus and the apostles is discussed, including a long discussion of how 
Matthew 24:3 is related to Daniel, and which Hebrew words were behind the Greek words in this verse.
One aksiom for many scholars is that humans cannot foresee the future. Therefore, all writings that claim to be
prophecies, must be history in prophetic disguise. On this background, the question is raised: "Should the existence 
of a supernatural being be rejected on scientific grounds?

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On 7/23/2017 at 7:59 PM, carlos said:

Furuli's books used to be sold at Awatu Publishers, but it seems that site doesn't exist anymore. 

 

The review at Academia.edu says his book can be ordered from Awatu Publishers (awatu-publishers@sf-nett.no). So it seems you need to send an email.

 

I was told that sent the money at: awatu@online.no

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