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The plight of Daniel and his associates in his role as chief adviser of King Nebuchadnetzar after the Destruction of the First Beis Hamikdash. Also, the Visions concerning the four exiles of Babylonian, Mede/Persians, Greek and Roman/Ishmaelite dynasties and end of days.

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Was Daniel a eunuch

Considering that Nebuchadnezzar had סריסים in his court and that Daniel became a highly appointed member of this court, it seems likely that he also was made a eunuch. Are there any documented ...
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Daniel and the little horn

Rashi says that the horn in Daniel 8:9 is Titus, Avraham Ibn 'Ezra says it is Antiochus Epiphanes. There is a very good reason in saying that it is Titus, because it is written: וְהֻשְׁלַ֖ךְ מְכ֥וֹן ...
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Was Daniel 9:26 ever officially understood as meaning that the second temple would be destroyed after Messiah's coming?

Daniel 9:26 says that And after the threescore and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and be no more; and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; but ...
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Daniel 7:25 reads "He will think of changing the times..." What does it mean? And how does it correlate to history?

In Daniel 7:25 it reads: "He will think of changing the times..." I wonder: What does it mean? And how does it correlate to history?
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Was the diet that Daniyel HaNabi took on a common diet amongst the Yisraelites?

In chapter 1 of the book of Daniyel HaNabi states at verse 12: נַס־נָ֥א אֶת־עֲבָדֶ֖יךָ יָמִ֣ים עֲשָׂרָ֑ה וְיִתְּנוּ־לָ֜נוּ מִן־הַזֵּרֹעִ֛ים וְנֹאכְלָ֖ה וּמַ֥יִם וְנִשְׁתֶּֽה “Please test your ...
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Jewish sources for Jerome on Daniel 11:34

Jerome, in his commentary on Daniel 11:34, wrote (my translation from a Hebrew translation): "In defeat, they will receive a little help - there are among the Jews that relate this verse to ...
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Daniel 9:12 k’ri-k’tiv

Do any commentators or other sources address the rationale of דבריו becoming דברו in Daniel 9:12? I’ve so far been unable to find any explanation for this.
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Bar Enash; what, who(m) and why?

Daniel 7:13 uses the words k’bar enash, “like a human (being)”. It’s in Aramaic. I often hear that these words would be a translation for the Hebrew k’ben Adam. But because Aramaic and Hebrew are ...
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Bar Enash a designation of an authoritative representative of another?

Daniel 7:13. In that prophetic verse, Daniel declares that he sees one like a son of (mortal) man coming with clouds to the Ancient of Days to be presented before Him. The expression ‘like a son of ...
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What is the exact date of the end of days referenced in the book of Daniel according to various commentators?

According to this article many commentators starting from the time of Rebbeynu Saadia Gaon through the time of the Alter Rebbi used the pesukim in the book of Daniel to calculate when the end of days ...
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Why does "mene" appear twice in Daniel 5?

In the famous phrase from Belshatzar's feast in Daniel 5, "mene mene tekal u'farsin", the word "mene" is explained by Daniel to refer to Hashem having numbered Belshatzar's days as ...
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What does the name Daniel mean in Hebrew?

I know that the words are "Judge/judged" and Hashem's name. However, which one of these is the meaning of the name: HaShem is my judge HaShem judged me
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Did Haman kill Daniel?

Are there sources on the death to Daniel? Is there any truth in that there is a source that says Haman killed him?
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Chayei olam: "everlasting life" or "long life"?

I am an Italian noahide. I see that, in the translations of the Tanakh and of the Hebrew sources in general edited by Jews , the expression "chayei olam" is constantly rendered with "...
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Why did Hashem choose to give the message about Resurrection through Gavriel?

Shalom. I am having difficulty understanding why Hashem chose to deliver the definitive message about something as important as the Resurrection through an angel and not, directly, Himself (Daniel 12:...
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Why did the Jewish sages understand "Daniel 7:13" as the coming of the Messiah, and not the Messiah's ascension to "God" in heaven?

The term "The Ancient of Days" appears three times in the Book of Daniel and is used in the sense of God being eternal. "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of ...
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How can the contradiction between Daniel 1:21 and 10:1 regarding the year of Cyrus be resolved?

In Daniel 1:21 it says וַיְהִי דָּנִיֵּאל עַד־שְׁנַת אַחַת לְכוֹרֶשׁ הַמֶּלֶךְ׃ Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus. Yet in chapter 10 pasuk 1 it says בִּשְׁנַת שָׁלוֹשׁ לְכוֹרֶשׁ ...
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Why was Nevuchadnezer able to command horses not to whinny, and birds not to fly?

In the second chapter of Daniel in verse 38, At the beginning of his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream Daniel explains "Hashem, gave you rule over People, wild breasts and birds of heaven, ...
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What is the point of revealing the end of time to Daniel only to conceal it?

The book of Daniel chapter 12 seems to provide Daniel with information related to the end of time only to then instruct Daniel to keep the information secret (12:4). Daniel then asks when the end of ...
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Why were Chanaya, Mishael and Azarya consigned to a furnace specifically?

To the best of my knowledge burning as a punishment is not associated with a furnace anywhere in Tanach. I am not aware of any parallels in ancient near eastern religions either. I would like to know ...
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Why are only 4 Persian kings mentioned?

Daniel 11:2 And now, I shall tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth one will become very wealthy. And when he becomes strong with his wealth, he will ...
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Malbim's Introduction to the Book of Daniel in Hebrew

I found an article on aish.com, entitled Moshiach and the World Today which quoted the Malbim as stating the following: A father and son traveling a long distance. As they start out, the son ...
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Connection and significance between Esav and Yaakov's 4 struggles and the 4 Exiles?

What is the significance between the struggles with Yaakov and Esav's physical body and the 4 exiles Daniel revealed from Nebuchadnezzer's dream? ... The first empire - the Babylonian Empire - ...
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Daniel 9 pre-Jesus of Nazareth interpretations

Many Christians see Daniel 9 as an allusion to Jesus. To do so they define "The anointed one" to be the messiah. The Jewish perspective is that he is referring to Cyrus, see here, here and ...
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Deep Sleep Genesis 15:12

I would like to know if the "deep sleep" of Abraham (Genesis 15:12) is literally a "sleep", or a state of "trance" as The Midrash of Philo says (15:12). What does the ...
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What is the trope for Ezra/Nehemiah and Daniel

I have been studying these seforim and noticed the text is marked with trope. However, since these seforim are not read publically, what is the proper cantillation? Like neviim?
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Does the Tokhacha (Leviticus 26:14-41; Deuteronomy 28:15-68) apply to the Holocaust?

Does the curse of the Law (Leviticus 26:14-41 and Deuteronomy 28:15-68) apply in some way to the Shoah/Holocaust? Likewise, the prayer of Daniel in Daniel 9:4-19, in which he does not blame the ...
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The 62 Years of Darius/Cyrus, and the 62 Weeks of Daniel

Has ancient or medieval Jewish tradition, spanning from the Talmud to the Shulchan Aruch, ever connected these two passages from the Book of Daniel ? Daniel 5:30-6:1  That very night, Belshazzar, the ...
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Is it true the book of Daniel says that the Messiah will arrive before the destruction of the second temple?

As title says, is it true the book of Daniel says that the Messiah will arrive before the destruction of the second temple? I see this justification being used by Christians in order to claim Judaism ...
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Was Nebuchadnezzar's statue an image of Daniel himself?

The third chapter of Daniel brings the story of how King Nebuchadnezzar erected a statue made of gold for the people of the land to worship. (Ultimately, this is the story of how Hananiah, Mishael, ...
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Fourth Kingdom is Aram/Yishmael

Someone pointed out to me the commentary of Ibn Ezra to Daniel 2:39. In that verse Daniel is understood to be describing the ארבע מלכיות or the four kingdoms. I always understood these four kingdoms ...
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Why is Daniel specifically referred to as a beloved man?

In Daniel 10:11, 19 Daniel is referred to as a beloved man. Commentators explain this term to mean pure, or that his actions were beloved. Midrashim explain this more generally that the righteous are ...
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Who is the Infamous Little Horn of Daniel 7?

"and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and ...
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Why wasn't Daniel present when Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria were thrown into the furnace?

In the beginning of the book of Daniel, there is the story of Daniel, Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria's survival on vegetables and water. From this, it is established that they attempted to keep the ...
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Is the Aramaic Section of Daniel Second-Century BCE Aramaic?

Daniel 2:4 to the end of Daniel 7 is written in Aramaic. Does the type of Aramaic used there support the view of the higher critics who assert that the book was composed in the second century BCE ...
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Fasting, what and when a Daniel fast is appropriate [closed]

I would like to know, what is exactly a Daniel fast? when it is appropriate to do and how to do it? Thank you for your reply Justine
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Unusual Qadmas in Daniel 4

In Daniel 4:9 and 4:18, there is a sequence of te'amim that seems to me to be unusual: ומז֨ון ‏לכלא֭־‏ב֑הּ The first word is pointed with a qadma/azla, which (apart from here) is never a servus of ...
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Daniel 8:14 not fulfilled?

Is Daniel 8:14 incorrect concerning the re dedication of the Temple? וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלַ֔י עַ֚ד עֶ֣רֶב בֹּ֔קֶר אַלְפַּ֖יִם וּשְׁלֹ֣שׁ מֵא֑וֹת וְנִצְדַּ֖ק קֹֽדֶשׁ He answered me, “For twenty-...
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Can Prophecy Exist Outside The Land Of Israel

How could Prophet Daniel have done prophecy for the Persian kings, in exile, because I heard prophets of Israel could only do prophecy in the land of Israel
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In what sense will Moshiach be "covered"?

Rashi on Daniel 12:11 seems to represent a timeline for the approach of the Moshiach (though I admit, I don't really understand it): [translation via chabad.org] And from the time the daily ...
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Is book of Daniel in haftarah?

Does haftarah include any part from the book of Daniel? If it does, what parsha is that haftarah associated with?
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Does the book of Daniel accurately date the war with Babylon?

According to Wikipedia: The introductory verses tell how, in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim (606 BCE), Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were among the young Jewish ...
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Jewish view on the extra text included in the LXX (and by some Christians) in the book of Daniel?

The book of Daniel, as found in the Tanach consists of 12 chapters: 1 and 8-12 in Hebrew and 2-7 in Aramaic. This contains the familiar Daniel story and his four visions. Catholic and Orthodox (but ...
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Is Daniel healthy and wise in spite of his diet, or because of his diet?

Does Jewish tradition understand that Daniel's vegetarian diet in chapter 1, assumedly due to not having a source of clean meat, was healthy and hence thats why he looked good following this diet? I ...
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Did Rembrandt really get the 'mene, mene' inscription in his painting of Belshazzar's Feast wrong?

Forgive me if you feel this is not the best forum to ask this question on, but it seems the most apposite one out of those currently available. The inscription that appears on the wall in Daniel 5:25 ...
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Who is the nation/kingship of Edom? [duplicate]

There are/were 4 kingship's (malchuyos) described in Sefer Daniel. Edom, being one of them (I think?), is often explained to be the Roman Empire. 1- What is the source to say that Edom was the Roman ...
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What's the meaning of Daniel 9:26

Daniel 9:26: And after the threescore and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and be no more; and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; but his ...
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Were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego told that there would be no miracle?

I've heard a story somewhere before that before Shadrach Meshach and Abednego got toasted (literally), they came to a prophet asking whether there will be a miracle or not. (I forget the prophet's ...
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What's the difference between אֱדַיִן and בֵּאדַיִן?

I'm studying Daniyel, most of it for the first time, and keep coming across two (Aramaic) words that are troubling me: אֱדַיִן and בֵּאדַיִן. (The latter appears to be, morphologically, the former ...
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Who is understood to be the "one like a man" referred to in Daniel 7:13?

In Daniel 7, the Ancient of Days is identified. I assume that this is referring to G-d Himself. Then, "one like a man" approaches the Ancient of Days, and to this one is given "a dominion and glory ...
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