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These general prediction become much more detailed and specific when he predicts the conquest of the king of the south by a king of the north who "shall do as neither his fathers nor his father's fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods" (). This king is "predicted" to cause the sacrifices of the Temple to cease ()and to set up a "desolating sacrilege" in the Temple () This can be non other than Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid ruler of Babylon who profaned the Jerusalem Temple in 167 BCE and set up a statue of Zeus with whom he identified himself.

Unfortunately, after these remarkably accurate "predictions" Daniel goes awry at () when he predicts that this king will be attacked by the king of the south etc. Finally, and of considerable significance, is the fact that the Book of Daniel was never grouped with the Hebrew Nevi'im (the Prophets) but has always belonged to the Ketuvim (the writings).

Fourth the predictions given by Daniel in the form of the interpretation of dreams and visions are remarkably accurate up to a point. These can readily be identified as the Babylonian, the Persian, the Greek and the divided Greek empire (after the death of Alexander the Great).