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A Historical-Chronological Look at the Book of Daniel

By David Sheldon

The book of Daniel is not in chronological order as can be seen in the timeline below. This can be troublesome when trying to understand the events that take place in the book because there are many prophecies and symbols that appear and actually overlap one another. This chart shows you the precise chronological order, and then you will see the importance of it in the Hebraic Parallelism Chart.

605 B.C.1:1 — "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it." ESV

602 B.C.2:1 — "In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him." ESV

        3:1 — "King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon." ESV

        4:1 — "King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you!" ESV

553 B.C.7:1 — "In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon , Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter." ESV

551 B.C.8:1 — "In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first." ESV

Mid-October 539 B.C.5:1 — "King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand. 5:29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 5:30 That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. 5:31 And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old." ESV

539/538 B.C.6:1 — "It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;" ESV

539/538 B.C.9:1 — "In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans." ESV

536 B.C. 10:1 — "In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision." ESV

        11:1 — "And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him." ESV (This is an angel recalling an event and not the date of the material in chapter 11.)

        12:1 — "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book." ESV

The actual historical-chronology of Daniel by chapter is: 1-4, 7-8, 5-6, 9-12 (5-6 are flip-flopped with 7-8)

Why would Daniel not put the chapters chronologically? Thematic Pattern

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Copyright © 2007, David Sheldon. Edited by Kerri Sheldon
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