His Name:

The name Daniel comes the Hebrew Daniyye’l meaning “God is My Judge.” The name given to Daniel by Nebuchadnezzar’s officer was Beltshazzar meaning “Prince of Bel.” Bel was one of the pagan gods worshipped by the Babylonians.

His Character:

Daniel is remembered for his courage and faith as displayed in the story of the lion’s den. He had many other outstanding traits as well. He was strong, wise, tactful, courteous, brave, modest, humble, and a man of faith and prayer.

His Biography:

Daniel was born into a Jewish family of nobility in Judea during the reign of King Josiah. He was in his late teens when he (along with his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) was taken captive by the Babylonians in 605 b.c. These four handsome and intelligent Hebrew youth were selected by King Nebuchadnezzar for service in his kingdom. They were made eunuchs and given Babylonian names associated with pagan gods.

Daniel served as a prophet at least until 536 b.c. The date and circumstances of his death are unknown.