Daniel (biblical figure)

protagonist in the Book of Daniel of the Hebrew Bible

Daniel is the central figure of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament of the Bible.[1] He is considered a prophet in Christianity and Islam, but not Judaism;[2] however, Jewish sources describe Daniel as a hero and the most distinguished member of the Babylonian diaspora.[3]

20th-century Orthodox icon of Daniel


  1. Charles, Robert Henry (1911). "Daniel" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 7 (11th ed.). pp. 804–808.
  2. Noegel, Scott B.; Wheeler, Brannon M. (2002). Historical Dictionary of Prophets in Islam and Judaism. Scarecrow Press. p. 76. ISBN 9780810866102.
  3. Ginzberg, Louis (1998). The Legends of the Jews. Vol. 4. JHU Press. p. 326. ISBN 9780801858932.