I am just starting out and am already a bit baffled. The text says that Nebuchadnezzar came to power a few years after Cyrus? Everything I can find says Cyrus was long after Nebuchadnezzar? Can anyone help me
Get this straight in my mind?
Here is the text I cannot get straight in my mind:
“Look up the meaning of Cyrus’ name, and you’ll see four words of particular interest in light of Daniel’s side-by-side timeline of Ezra’s story: possess thou the furnace. Now, the furnace. In the ancient, mid-East would have implications of wrath, punishment, revenge, and terror. It’s everything that you see (and all that you can imagine) happening to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego under Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (who took over the throne after Cyrus’ reign ended) in Daniel 3.”
Hi Debi! I did a quick search for a visual timeline that might help you to see Cyrus as a contemporary to Nebuchadnezzar. You can fact check and do more research to confirm this, but this timeline seems to be a pretty good breakdown: https://totallyhistory.com/daniel-timeline/
Otherwise, you can see Cyrus in the book of Daniel as Nebuchadnezzar’s successor in Daniel 1:21. (Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Daniel 1:1) until the first year of King Cyrus (Daniel 1:21)).