Darius the Mede


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Darius the Mede,

in the Bible, a king of the Medes who succeeded to the throne of Babylonia after Belshazzar. Otherwise unknown outside biblical tradition, it is likely that this Darius has been confused with Cyrus the Persian, who succeeded Belshazzar and decreed (539 B.C.) the return of exiled Jews. He is also mentioned by Herodotus and Josephus.
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A sceptre (3) and the crown that is later seized by Darius the Mede (175.1-4) indicate Belshazzar's status.
Rowley, Darius the Mede and the Four World Empires in the Book of Daniel: A Survey of Current Opinions (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1935; reprinted 1959).
217), taken to go back to the days of Darius the Mede. At the same time one cannot but admire the breadth of Beckwith's learning: he is au fait with Qumranic studies, he handles apocalyptic and rabbinic texts with an impressive facility, and to some extent the Fathers too.
Similarly, be has much of interest to say about "the historical blunder"--intentional distortions of history, often with a comic effect, such as an impossible Darius the Mede in Daniel, Ahikar the Jew in Tobit, or Nebuchadnezzar king of the Assyrians in Judith.
In Chapter 6, in the reign of Darius the Mede, Daniel, because of his wisdom, obtains a big court promotion.