Cleopatra in the Bible

How did I not know that Cleopatra is in the book of Daniel? I've read commentaries on Daniel before and they contain this information (I've checked them again) so how did I miss it first time around? Nice but dim!

I guess that you all knew the lady of the milk baths was there in the good book but somehow it passed me by!

For those of you who did not know - here is the verse.

"He will determine to come into control of his whole empire and will make an agreement with him and give him a wife in order to destroy it." (Daniel 11:17)

This is about Antiochus III who made peace with Egypt in 197 BC and married his daughter Cleopatra to Ptolemy V. Antiochus hoped to get his way in Egypt through his daughter. Sadly for him she was loyal to her husband and encouraged Egypt to join with Rome against her father.

And, of course, Cleopatra's brother was the infamous Antiochus IV whose persecution of faithful Jews has become the stuff of legend.

This is not a theological scribble just a confession of ignorance and a cry of, "Oh! That's interesting!"

OK - now I am doubly embarrased. I post a comment exposing my embarrasing ignorance of Cleopatra in the Bible. A few hours later I am discussing this with my 14 year old daughter Hannah and she gently explains to me that I have the wrong Cleopatra. The lady of the milky baths was Cleopatra VII (51-30BC). She may not have a PhD but she knows her Cleopatras. I should have known this as the dates were all wrong but I was too eager!

Oh well.


Anonymous said…
a little "noledge" is a dangerous thing:)
Anonymous said…
Of course the whole idea of trying to fit prophecy to history has its own set of pratfalls. :) Especially when it comes to the book of Daniel.

Kuudere-Kun said…
I have some unconventional views about Daniel 11.
Unknown said…
This is not the Cleopatra that you're thinking of. As the famous and last pharoah of Egypt was born in 69 B.C. But this could be one of her ancestors as others in the Ptolemaic line were also named Cleopatra.
Unknown said…
The Cleopatra I know was a lover to Julius Caesar. She took her life following a defeat to Octavian (Julius Caesar's grandnephew who later became the first Roman emperor after Caesar's assassination). Reading from vs. 1 of Daniel Chapter 11, I think the passage refers to her. Even her tomb was kept secret for years.
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