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[[image:Agioipaides.jpg|Right|thumb|The Three Holy Children in the Fiery Furnace]]In the [[Daniel|Book of Daniel]], The Three Holy Children, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego) were all companions of the [[Prophet]] [[Daniel]] and fellow kinsmen in the tribe of Judah. During the reign of King Jechonias they were taken prisoner and led away as captives with other Jews during the Babylonian Captivity. Eventually they were taken into the court of King Nebuchadnezzar as servants, stripped of their Hebrew names, and given Babylonian names which honored pagan deities. They later would be delivered by God from death after being placed in furnace by Nebuchadnezzar. They are commemorated [[December 17]].
==The Fiery Furnace==
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