Daniel 10:4 Index
"And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;"
Research Material

"...in the four and twentieth day of the first month..."

  • This is the only date in the book of Daniel given to the exact day and month. Nothing is said... as to whether the reckoning here is in the terms of the Babylonian-Persian calendar... or in accordance with the Jewish calendar... If Daniel's date is on the basis of the Babylonian-Persian calendar [which began] the year in the spring, the first month of Cyrus' third year would be about March/April of 536 B.C. If, on the other hand, Daniel reckoned by the Jewish method which began the year in the fall, [then] the first month of Cyrus' third year would... [be] roughly... March/April of 535 B.C.... Since the three weeks of Daniel's fasting ended on the 24th day of the first month, they must have begun on the 4th day, and thus his fast extended through the Passover season... (4BC 858)

"...I was by the side of the great river... Hiddekel."

  • "Hiddekel" is the Hebrew name for the river the Persian's called "Tigra." Which has come into modern languages as Tigris. The Tigris is the smaller of the two great rivers of Mesopotamia... Precisely where on the Tigris the incident occurred is not stated. (4BC 858)
  • [Daniel] sought also to strengthen the mind by retiring to a quiet spot on the banks of the river Tigris. He took with him a few men as companions. Doubtless these were Jews who also felt a burden for Israel. The solitude of the spot, the swiftly flowing waters of the river, the lofty trees, and the clear sky above, led the prophets mid out after his God. (SNH 178)
  • The word "Hiddekel" in the Syriac is applied to the Euphrates River; in the Vulgate, Greek, and Arabic, to the Tigris; therefore some conclude that the prophet had this vision where these rivers unite, near the Persian Gulf. (US 226)