The Book of Daniel has been torn apart limb for limb by the discipline that calls itself “Higher
Criticism.” “Higher Criticism” objects particularly to the date of writing, trying to place it in the Maccabean period (±167 BC).
There is no reason for us to consider Daniel to be written during any other period than the
Babylonian Captivity, which lasted from ±597-538.
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About the Author
Robert Anderson, though of Scottish descent, was born in Dublin on 29 May 1841. His father, Matthew Anderson, was Crown Solicitor in the Irish capital, a distinguished elder in the Irish Presbyterian Church, and was descended from one of the "No Surrender" group of Derry defenders. In the biographical sketch found in Kregel Publications recent reprints of his works it states that he described himself as an anglicized Irishman of Scottish extraction.
He had been brought up in a devout Christian home, and had led what is known as a religious life, with occasional transient fits of penitence and anxiety, but, in his late teens he had doubts about his own conversion. The Irish Evangelical Revival (1859-60) touched Robert's sister, who persuaded her brother to attend one of the services, held in Dublin by Rev Joseph Denham Smith, but the popular hymns disturbed him and he got very little out of the message. The light came the following Sunday evening when he attended a service in his own church and heard the Rev. John Hall (afterwards of New York), who "boldly proclaimed forgiveness of sins, and eternal life as God's gift in grace, unreserved and unconditional, to be received by us as we sat in the pews. His sermon thrilled me," Sir Robert said when describing the event, "and yet I deemed his doctrine to be unscriptural. So I waylaid him as he left the vestry, and on our homeward walk I tackled him about his heresies ... At last he let go my arm, and, facing me as we stood upon the pavement, he repeated with great solemnity his gospel message and appeal. 'I tell you,' he said, 'as a minister of Christ, and in His name, that there is life for you here and now if you will accept Him. Will you accept Christ, or will you reject Him?' After a pause — how prolonged I know not — I exclaimed, 'In God's name I will accept Christ.' Not another word passed between us; but after another pause he wrung my hand and left me. And I turned homewards with the peace of God filling my heart."
He was especially close to some of the greatest biblical teachers of his day, including James M. Gray, Cyrus Ingersoll Scofield, A. C. Dixon, and E. W. Bullinger. He also preached with John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) in the West of Ireland. Anderson was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, first with Darby then with the Open Brethren party before returing to his Presbyterian roots. R.A. was a copius author of numerous religious works, most of which are still in print to this day and enjoying an increasing circulation.