Identification of Darius the Mede

The identification of Darius the Mede has remained a puzzle for modern scholars. The author identifies Cyrus to be the best candidate through a scientific method which examines evidence from original sources.  (paper 8.5x11,  277 pages)

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The Cyrus Cylinder is often heralded as the first “human-rights charter” to proclaim freedom to everyone in a multicultural empire.  Whether or not this is exactly true, there is ample evidence that Cyrus the Great did grant freedom to Babylonian slaves.  In addition, the Jewish Scriptures record that during Cyrus’ first year (538 BC), he fulfilled prophecy when he granted freedom to the Jewish captives living in Babylon.  His proclamation of freedom for the Jews allowed their return to the land which was promised to them by their God, Jehovah, and also provided for the eventual rebuilding of their Temple in Jerusalem.

The Book of Daniel records part of the history of this era of empire-building by Cyrus the Great.  The author of Daniel calls the conqueror of Babylon “Darius the Mede” instead of “Cyrus.”  This curious description of Babylon’s conqueror has spawned many explanations over the years.

In Chapter Three of his dissertation, George Law offers a scientific method for considering candidates who could potentially be identified as “Darius the Mede.”  In Chapter Four, evidence is gathered concerning the gender, age, and socio-political classification of each of six potential candidates.  The employed method proceeds to eliminate from consideration the candidates who are unqualified.  Then it further investigates specific details concerning the heritage, family relations, and titles of the qualified candidates in order to determine which one is the best match for all the available evidence describing Darius the Mede.  Numerous relevant ancient documents and their translations are provided in the Appendices to allow other scholars to follow these trails of evidence.

Chapter Five provides insightful correlations between many ancient Mesopotamian concepts, even some humorous pagan prophecies and their relevance to this great conqueror of Babylon.  This final chapter concludes with an analysis of the scriptural data recorded in the Book of Daniel and explains their significance for a better understanding of this character Daniel called “Darius the Mede.”

ISBN: 9780982-763100

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George Law’s  closely reasoned  examination of the  identity of  Darius the Mede  is well worth  reading.  The reality of Darius the Mede is crucial to both the history and the theology of the Book of  Daniel. After over fifty years  of  scholarly  silence,  his  dissertation  presents a  detailed  examination  of  the  evidence.  Dr.  Law  has developed an  objective  method to sift through  historical references regarding the various candidates that have been proposed for ‘Darius the Mede.’ 

          Dr. Law  recognizes that  Daniel  wrote his book  against the  background of the  prophetic  tradition  and concludes that Darius the Mede was a real person, whose identity best correlates with that of Cyrus the Persian.  The  theological  implications  of  using  two  names  for  the  same  person are  discussed. The  appendix alone makes the dissertation worthwhile, and Dr. Law’s reasoning based on that evidence makes fascinating reading.”

GILBERT BRAITHWAITE, Th.D. Professor of Old Testament, Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School