Prophets weren't necessarily men who only foretold the future, but spoke the inspired words of God.
The first has to do with the reference to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 1 :1 .
They too agreed with Porphyry, that such long-range prophecies were impossible, so the book must have been written during the Maccabean age (second century BC; Baldwin, pg. Then in 1980, Klaus Koch wrote a powerful book questioning the Exilic date of writing (sixth century BC), and describing the Maccabean theory (Ferch, pg. However, I will attempt to show that the evidence points to an early date for the writing of Daniel, placing it in the sixth century BC.
In Matthew , Jesus is discoursing in what we tend to call the "Little Apocalypse." In it, Jesus mentions Daniel, and a quote from his book.
The first six chapters are the history section, telling of a Jew named Daniel of royal descent, who was taken captive along with the rest of the people from the city of Jerusalem.
King Nebuchadnezzer placed Daniel (among others) in his service, and had them trained.
He refers to the "'abomination the causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel." Here, Jesus uses the Greek dia, along with the genitive case, which always implies personal human agency (Archer, pg 284) That should strongly lead one to believe that Jesus was under the impression that the Daniel he referred to was an actual person named Daniel, not just the title of a book.