This OT Book consists of: (a) a narrative section (1–6) describing the experiences of Daniel and his three companions under Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, kings of Babylon, and Darius the Mede; and (b) a series of visions (7–12) which reveal the future destinies of the Jewish people. The traditional belief that the Book was written in the 6th cent. bc by Daniel, one of the Jewish exiles in Babylon, is now almost universally regarded as untenable. The consensus of modern critical opinion is that it dates from 167 to 164 bc. See also Song of the Three Children; Susanna, Book of; Bel and the Dragon.
Subjects: Biblical Studies.