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* Introduction
* Method of Research
* Gobryas/ Ugbaru/ Gubaru
* Throne Names
* The Persian Mule
* Daniel 5:30-31
* ToC and Abstract

  Identification of Darius the Mede

Identifying Darius the Mede has been a problem because of the lack of a direct correlation between the names in the ancient records of Babylonian kings and the record of the Hebrew Scriptures. Certainly, the prophet Daniel knew the Babylonian King whom he stylized as "Darius the Mede," even if modern readers are uncertain, since this King Darius cast him into a den of lions.

In his book, Identifying Darius the Mede, George Law offers a scientific method which examines the data from the original sources concerning six potential candidates who might be identified as Darius the Mede: Astyages, Cambyses II, Cyaxeres (II), Cyrus the Great, Darius I (the Persian), and Gubaru (Gobryas). Law's scientific method disqualifies most of these potential candidates and leaves only Cyrus the Great and Gubaru for further consideration. 

In his extended consideration of Gubaru, a governor of Babylon, Law offers the following evidence explaining why Gubaru cannot be identified as Darius the Mede. In the original sources, there is no evidence of the following:
1) Gubaru being called "king" in Babylon in 538-536 BC
2) Gubaru being governor of Babylon from 538-536 BC
3) a district called "Babylon and the Region across the River" existing in 538-536 BC
4) a new governor (administration) being established in Babylon in 538-536 BC
5) Darius the Mede acting as a vassal king.

On the other hand, Law considers how the evidence concerning Cyrus the Great does fit Daniel's description of Darius the Mede.
 
Identification of Darius the Mede -cover
 
The identification of Darius the Mede has remained a puzzle for modern scholars. George Law offers a scientific method to examine the original sources and which of six potential candidates might best be identified as Darius the Mede. The evidence points to Cyrus the Great as the best candidate.  (paper 8.5x11, 277 pages) 
 
ISBN: 9780982-763100
                            Price $34.95


Other books by this author:
The Law of Christ: God's Will for New Testament Believers
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,  relevant supporting evidence is  gathered  for  each  of  six   potential  candidates.   The  employed   method   proceeds  to   eliminate  from  consideration  the  candidates who  are  unqualified,  and  then  it  further  investigates specific  details  in  order to  determine which  qualified  candidate  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  complete  understanding of this  character  Daniel called  “Darius the Mede.”


"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

  This book is the  published  version of the 2010 dissertation  written by GEORGE R. LAW  in  order to  complete his  Ph.D.  in  O. T. Studies  at  Piedmont  Baptist  College and  Graduate SchoolAs  a  professor, Dr. Law ministers around the world teaching pastors in their native lands.   
 
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