Jewish Bibles classify Daniel among the “Writings,” not the “Prophets”; Christian Bibles elevate Daniel to the position of a major prophet. Daniel is taken captive to Babylon after its first attack on Jerusalem in 605 B.C. Daniel’s book is set in Babylon and spans the years 605 – 539 B.C.
A great story, Daniel is also a major source of Christian messianic prophecy, with Jesus taking his self-referential title “Son of Man” from Daniel 7: 13-14 and also referencing Daniel concerning the end times: “So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel…” (Matthew 24: 15).
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