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We know that Daniel was in captivity in Babylon at the beginning of King Nebuchadnezzar' s reign. (Daniel 1). We know that Daniel was still there when King Cyrus came to power and set the captives free. Ezra chapter 1. We know that the Jewish people were in Babylon as captives for 70 years. Daniel 1:3 "Then the King instructed Ashpenaz, the master of the eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king' s descendants and some of the nobles young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge, and quick to understand, who had the ability to serve in the King' s palace, and whom they might teach the language of the Chaldeans." The King James Bible in verse 4 of Daniel chapter 1, says "understanding science". I think this is a hint at the ages of these boys. If we take seventy years in captivity, and we know that they are beyond young childhood, I think we might assume that they were about 11-13 years old.
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