Most Bible scholars today, Catholic as well as protestant, seem to believe that the book of Daniel was written around 165 BC. However, some conservative scholars, for example evangelicals, still hold to the traditional view that it was written around the time its events is said to take place, i.e. in the 6th century BC. I believe that there are a number of good reasons for the later date, other than that you don’t belive prophecies regarding the future to be possible.
However, there is one strong argument by those favoring an earlier date that I haven’t seen disputed by those favoring 165 BC. In his chronicle The Antiquity of the Jews, Flavius Josephus writes that the book was presented to Alexander the Great during his alleged visit to Jerusalem in 332 BC:
[quote=[URL=“http://www.ccel.org/j/josephus/works/ant-11.htm”]Antiquities of the Jews XI
, Chapter 8, 5]“And when he [Alexander the Great] had said this to Parmenio, and had given the high priest his right hand, the priests ran along by him, and he came into the city. And when he went up into the temple, he offered sacrifice to God, according to the high priest’s direction, and magnificently treated both the high priest and the priests. **And when the Book of Daniel was showed him wherein Daniel declared that one of the Greeks should destroy the empire of the Persians, he supposed that himself was the person intended. **And as he was then glad, he dismissed the multitude for the present; but the next day he called them to him, and bid them ask what favors they pleased of him; whereupon the high priest desired that they might enjoy the laws of their forefathers, and might pay no tribute on the seventh year. He granted all they desired.”
How is this historical account by Josephus disputed by those who maintain that the Book of Daniel was written over 150 years after the event described above?