Prophet Daniel

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Commemorated by the Holy Church on the 17th of Decemeber

Daniel as Prophet

Christ refers to Daniel as a prophet in mark 13:14 and in Matthew 24:15.

The name "Daniel"

The name Daniel in Hebrew means "God is my Judge" or "God is judging".


  • ca. 604 BC to 536 BC - the seventy years of the Babylonian exile of the Jews.
  • 559 BC - Cyrus the Persian's reign begins.
  • 556 BC
  1. [Daniel 10:1-3] - Daniel (or Baltasar) commences a three week Passover fast (see Deut. 16:5-6) held in the first month and in Jerusalem.
  2. [Daniel 10:4-7] - Daniel has a vision on the 24th day of that month.
According to St Basil and St Hippolytos, this was of the prefiguration of the Incarnation of Christ. According to St Ephraim the Syrian and St Chrysostom, Daniel beheld a vision of an angel.
  • 539 BC - Darius Mede begins his reign over the Chaldean kingdom (Babbylon had been taken by the Medes and Persians under Cyrus in the year 539-538).
  • 539 BC to 536 BC
  1. [Daniel 9:1-3] - Daniel prays for the people in supplications, fasts and dons sackcloth.
  • 536 BC - Babylonian exile of Jews is completed.
  • 530 BC (ca.529 BC) - Cyrus the Persian dies in August.