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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Daniel  \Dan"i*el\,  n. 
  A  Hebrew  prophet  distinguished  for  sagacity  and  ripeness  of 
  judgment  in  youth;  hence  a  sagacious  and  upright  judge. 
 
  A  Daniel  come  to  judgment.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Daniel 
  n  1:  (Old  Testament)  a  youth  who  was  taken  into  the  court  of 
  Nebuchadnezzar  and  given  divine  protection  when  thrown 
  into  a  den  of  lions  [syn:  {Daniel}] 
  2:  a  wise  and  upright  judge;  "a  Daniel  come  to  judgment"  -- 
  Shakespeare  [syn:  {Daniel}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Daniel,  WY 
  Zip  code(s):  83115 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Daniel 
  God  is  my  judge,  or  judge  of  God.  (1.)  David's  second  son,  "born 
  unto  him  in  Hebron,  of  Abigail  the  Carmelitess"  (1  Chr.  3:1).  He 
  is  called  also  Chileab  (2  Sam.  3:3). 
 
  (2.)  One  of  the  four  great  prophets,  although  he  is  not  once 
  spoken  of  in  the  Old  Testament  as  a  prophet.  His  life  and 
  prophecies  are  recorded  in  the  Book  of  Daniel.  He  was  descended 
  from  one  of  the  noble  families  of  Judah  (Dan.  1:3),  and  was 
  probably  born  in  Jerusalem  about  B.C.  623,  during  the  reign  of 
  Josiah.  At  the  first  deportation  of  the  Jews  by  Nebuchadnezzar 
  (the  kingdom  of  Israel  had  come  to  an  end  nearly  a  century 
  before),  or  immediately  after  his  victory  over  the  Egyptians  at 
  the  second  battle  of  Carchemish,  in  the  fourth  year  of  the  reign 
  of  Jehoiakim  (B.C.  606),  Daniel  and  other  three  noble  youths 
  were  carried  off  to  Babylon,  along  with  part  of  the  vessels  of 
  the  temple.  There  he  was  obliged  to  enter  into  the  service  of 
  the  king  of  Babylon,  and  in  accordance  with  the  custom  of  the 
  age  received  the  Chaldean  name  of  Belteshazzar,  i.e.,  "prince  of 
  Bel,"  or  "Bel  protect  the  king!"  His  residence  in  Babylon  was 
  very  probably  in  the  palace  of  Nebuchadnezzar,  now  identified 
  with  a  mass  of  shapeless  mounds  called  the  Kasr,  on  the  right 
  bank  of  the  river. 
 
  His  training  in  the  schools  of  the  wise  men  in  Babylon  (Dan. 
  1:4)  was  to  fit  him  for  service  to  the  empire.  He  was 
  distinguished  during  this  period  for  his  piety  and  his  stict 
  observance  of  the  Mosaic  law  (1:8-16),  and  gained  the  confidence 
  and  esteem  of  those  who  were  over  him  His  habit  of  attention 
  gained  during  his  education  in  Jerusalem  enabled  him  soon  to 
  master  the  wisdom  and  learning  of  the  Chaldeans  and  even  to 
  excel  his  compeers. 
 
  At  the  close  of  his  three  years  of  discipline  and  training  in 
  the  royal  schools,  Daniel  was  distinguished  for  his  proficiency 
  in  the  wisdom"  of  his  day  and  was  brought  out  into  public 
  life.  He  soon  became  known  for  his  skill  in  the  interpretation 
  of  dreams  (1:17;  2:14),  and  rose  to  the  rank  of  governor  of  the 
  province  of  Babylon,  and  became  "chief  of  the  governors"  (Chald. 
  Rab-signin)  over  all  the  wise  men  of  Babylon.  He  made  known  and 
  also  interpreted  Nebuchadnezzar's  dream;  and  many  years 
  afterwards,  when  he  was  now  an  old  man,  amid  the  alarm  and 
  consternation  of  the  terrible  night  of  Belshazzar's  impious 
  feast,  he  was  called  in  at  the  instance  of  the  queen-mother 
  (perhaps  Nitocris  the  daughter  of  Nebuchadnezzar)  to  interpret 
  the  mysterious  handwriting  on  the  wall.  He  was  rewarded  with  a 
  purple  robe  and  elevation  to  the  rank  of  "third  ruler."  The 
  place  of  "second  ruler"  was  held  by  Belshazzar  as  associated 
  with  his  father,  Nabonidus  on  the  throne  (5:16).  Daniel 
  interpreted  the  handwriting,  and  "in  that  night  was  Belshazzar 
  the  king  of  the  Chaldeans  slain." 
 
  After  the  taking  of  Babylon,  Cyrus,  who  was  now  master  of  all 
  Asia  from  India  to  the  Dardanelles,  placed  Darius  (q.v.),  a 
  Median  prince,  on  the  throne,  during  the  two  years  of  whose 
  reign  Daniel  held  the  office  of  first  of  the  "three  presidents" 
  of  the  empire,  and  was  thus  practically  at  the  head  of  affairs, 
  no  doubt  interesting  himself  in  the  prospects  of  the  captive 
  Jews  (Dan.  9),  whom  he  had  at  last  the  happiness  of  seeing 
  restored  to  their  own  land,  although  he  did  not  return  with 
  them  but  remained  still  in  Babylon.  His  fidelity  to  God  exposed 
  him  to  persecution,  and  he  was  cast  into  a  den  of  lions,  but  was 
  miraculously  delivered;  after  which  Darius  issued  a  decree 
  enjoining  reverence  for  "the  God  of  Daniel"  (6:26).  He 
  "prospered  in  the  reign  of  Darius,  and  in  the  reign  of  Cyrus  the 
  Persian,"  whom  he  probably  greatly  influenced  in  the  matter  of 
  the  decree  which  put  an  end  to  the  Captivity  (B.C.  536). 
 
  He  had  a  series  of  prophetic  visions  vouch-safed  to  him  which 
  opened  up  the  prospect  of  a  glorious  future  for  the  people  of 
  God,  and  must  have  imparted  peace  and  gladness  to  his  spirit  in 
  his  old  age  as  he  waited  on  at  his  post  till  the  "end  of  the 
  days."  The  time  and  circumstances  of  his  death  are  not  recorded. 
  He  probably  died  at  Susa,  about  eighty-five  years  of  age. 
 
  Ezekiel,  with  whom  he  was  contemporary,  mentions  him  as  a 
  pattern  of  righteousness  (14:14,  20)  and  wisdom  (28:3).  (See  {NEBUCHADNEZZAR}.) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Daniel,  judgment  of  God;  God  my  judge 
 




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