Dare to be a Daniel – Oh, inerrantists, you make me laugh

Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshipped the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. (Daniel 3.7 NRSV)

A friend of mine brought this up the other day.

Say… where was Daniel in all of this? Remember, if Scripture is supposed to be infallible, historically trustworthy, filled with nothing but facts and poetic facts… then we have a problem.

This story plainly states that of all of the Babylonian empire, only three people withstood the King’s command. Where was Daniel?

If you are using Daniel as a patriotic image of Americans, or even in any sort of eschatological sense — STOP IT. You are doing it wrong.

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2 Replies to “Dare to be a Daniel – Oh, inerrantists, you make me laugh”

  1. According to the story, Daniel was at the royal court, and so was not with his friends and the other various officials in the province of Babylon. That is the clear point of the note in 2:49, which was most likely inserted precisely to make this into a coherent story. Your objection was already anticipated and answered by the ancient author.

    This point is completely independent of the question of historical accuracy.

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