How Does the Book of Daniel Fit into the Bible and history? Part 1

puzzle fitHow does the book of Daniel fit into the Bible and history?

The following is a rather detailed history of the O.T. leading up to the time of Daniel. It will best serve as a personal Old Testament Bible guide. Memorizing it could be daunting. Knowing where to find the answer is the best approach. Find it in THIS background to Daniel. This would be the equivalent in most universities at a graduate level study. Do not be alarmed. There are no written tests.

Three Periods of Old Testament History:

The first verse in the Bible reveals that…

…“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 NASB

We do not know exactly when creation took place, as there may be a gap between

Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 as the additional possibility of a gap between these two verses and when God created day and night (V5). The way we currently understand the laws of Physics, including the Theory of General Relativity, secular and evangelical scientists are certain that the universe (time, space, and matter) had a beginning and has not always existed. The book of Genesis reveals that God created the universe “In the beginning…” This is also the beginning of the period we will label the Pre-Abrahamic period of Old Testament History; prehistoric per secularists.

In the Pre-Abrahamic period, the book of Genesis describes:

  1. From where man, woman, and marriage come.
  2. It explains from where sin and death come.
  3. It details the first murder.
  4. It describes a time when God destroyed the earth by a great flood.
  5. It outlines from where the nations and the diversity of races and languages that we have on the earth came. (It is not our goal at the present time to go into detail on any of these events. This study sheet is an overview of the Old Testament and what it is about to be better understood where and how the book of Daniel fits into the Old and New Testament.)

The Patriarchal period. Abraham is a man to whom three great religions trace their origins: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Both Jews and Arabs genetically come from Abraham. Abraham left his country, Ur in Babylon (modern day Iraq), and followed God to a new country, Canaan, where modern day Israel and Palestine are located.

Abraham had two sons, Ishmael, from whom the Arabs trace their lineage, and Isaac, from whom Israel and the Jews trace their lineage. Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau. Jacob, who later changed his name to Israel, had twelve sons – the twelve tribes of Israel are descendants of these twelve sons. The book of Genesis (which covers a longer period of time than the rest of the Bible combined) ends up with Jacob and his twelve sons and one daughter, their wives, and their kids all moving down to Egypt to avoid starving in a famine. (By the way, the book of Job is about another man who probably lived during Abraham’s time.)

The offspring of Israel (Jacob) spent more than 400 years in Egypt, and became slaves to the Egyptians probably toward the end of this period of time. The book of Exodus takes up Israel’s history near the end of this 400 year period in Egypt. Thus begins the third period of Old Testament history, Egypt and the Exodus. Four books of the Bible – Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy – cover this period of time lasting about 40 years; mostly the wilderness wandering of the Israelites.

10During this period of time, God used Moses to liberate the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Also during this time, God gives Moses the Ten Commandments and other laws for the Nation of Israel. After God gives the Ten Commandments and the other laws,

Moses sends twelve spies into Canaan. When they return, ten of the spies give a bad report which scares the Israelites. They complain to Moses and to God refusing to enter the Promised Land. God punishes Israel by making the continue living in the desert for about 40 years. The Egypt and the Exodus period begin about 1446 BC.

After the 40 years of living and wandering in the desert, the next period begins. This period, Conquering the Land, covers about 10 years. Israel conquers some of the land of Canaan in the area of the world now known as Israel and Palestine. The people of

Canaan were evil but their origin comes is based in the time of Abraham through Ishmael and Esau.

They sacrificed their own kids to a god named Molech by burning them alive. This gruesome act is one of the reasons that God ordered Israel to conquer the land of Canaan. The book of Joshua covers this period of Old Testament history. Israel conquered Canaan beginning around 1406 BC, but they never followed through per God’s instructions.

Dr. jStark

April 2019

 

The Law Of Averages

The Law of Averages: …”real theorem that a random variable will reflect its underlying probability over a very large sample.”

This theorem is used in many areas of life, some for good and some not so good. None the less, it is called a LAW of averages; over time certain things will average out. We are looking at the populations of the earth today in comparison to the beginning of mankind after the Great Flood; Noah and his three sons: Japheth, Shem and Ham. They started as equal in numbers and over time, the count of their offspring will still average out to something on par with their beginning ratio.

What’s the point? We tend to incorrectly view the Jewish population today as representative of all of the Tribes of Israel when in fact they were only one of the *thirteen tribes to move into the lands promised to them by God himself; Tribe of Judah [yehudah/jews]. Due to this misunderstanding, well-meaning people tend to equate this with the whole of the Hebrew population.

The Aha Moment? Using the Law of Averages (probability theory, expected value, etc) this means that the number of Jews in Israel, New York and the rest of the world is but a small percentage of the total count [“…as the sands of the seas,” Genesis 32:12]. Since these peoples began as descendants of Shem, one of Noah’s three sons, factoring in the global count of people and the Law of Averages, there is valid reason to believe there are 2 billion Hebrews on earth today. So who are they even if they don’t know who they are? Think about it? 1/3 of the world’s population!

AHA MOMENT

AHA MOMENT

. All Israelites are Hebrew but not all Hebrews are Israelites. Don’t forget the Arabs through Ishmael, the Edomites/Idumaeans through Esau and Ket’urah/Abraham’s six sons; all are Hebrew.

Simply put: All Jews are Israelites; all Israelites are Hebrew; all Arabs are Hebrew; All descendants of Ket’urah are Hebrew. all of these people carry Abraham’s DNA.

*13 Tribes of Israel in the Promised Land: http://www.uhcg.org/Lost-10-Tribes/13-Tribes-of-Israel.html

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