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Prophets weren't necessarily men who only foretold the future, but spoke the inspired words of God.The book of Daniel (composed by the man, the prophet Daniel) itself claims to have been written in the sixth century BC, indirectly.He refers to the "'abomination the causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel." Here, Jesus uses the Greek dia, along with the genitive case, which always implies personal human agency (Archer, pg 284) That should strongly lead one to believe that Jesus was under the impression that the Daniel he referred to was an actual person named Daniel, not just the title of a book.Jesus also calls that Daniel a profhtou, or "one who proclaims inspired utterances on behalf of God" (Louw).The first, if the author of Daniel lived in the second century during the persecution, therefore in Palestine, one would naturally assume that he would use his native system of dating, and not the ancient, relatively unknown system of Babylonian dating.
King Nebuchadnezzer placed Daniel (among others) in his service, and had them trained.The last chronological event written as history (as opposed to prophecy) is "the third year of Cyrus King of Persia," (Dan 10:1) which was 537 BC (pg. This, together with the first date, gives us reason to believe that the book was probably written/compiled, according to the author, sometime quite soon after 537 BC, as he would have been somewhere over eighty years old (pg. The historical evidences stem from arguments that have been alleged that there are historical errors or inaccuracies in Daniel.The evidences are counter-arguments which use recent archaeological findings to prove that Daniel is correct, and our previous information was incomplete.The mention of him as the last king of Babylon in Daniel seemed to be an unreconcilable error to historians and critics.Secular sources have, since ancient times, stated that Nabonidus was the last king of Babylon (p. Then, with the discovery of the Nabonidus Chronicle, Daniel was proven correct.