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Did Haman kill Daniel?

The Talmud (Megillah 15a) states that Daniel was Hatach who appears in Megillat Esther: ותקרא אסתר להתך אמר רב התך זה דניאל ולמה נקרא שמו התך שחתכוהו מגדולתו ושמואל אמר שכל דברי מלכות נחתכין על פיו ...
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Who is the Infamous Little Horn of Daniel 7?

Rashi, a renowned 11th Century commentator on the Bible and Talmud, wrote that this "little horn" in Daniel 7:8 that is "speaking arrogantly" refers to Titus, the one who destroyed the Holy Temple and ...
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Daniel 9 pre-Jesus of Nazareth interpretations

Note, that there are 27 books in the Greek Testament, and NONE of them quote Daniel 9! Not any of the authors of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Not in the letters of Paul. Not in the letters of ...
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Jewish view on the extra text included in the LXX (and by some Christians) in the book of Daniel?

Some of the Church Fathers bore witness in their writings to the Jewish view of Susanna. These Church Fathers lived in the early to mid Amoraic period and personally knew some of the sages and often ...
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Daniel 9 pre-Jesus of Nazareth interpretations

For clarification: the anointed one in Daniel 9:25 and the other one in 9:26 are different. You seems to say that the Jewish perspective (on the entire chapter?) refers to Cyrus, but this is true only ...
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Who is the Infamous Little Horn of Daniel 7?

In The Jewish Study Bible (2nd edition, 2014), Lawrence M. Wills asserts that the little horn is Antiochus Epiphanes. Ditto 'Daniel, Book of' in Jewish Encyclopedia (online) by Emil G. Hirsch and ...
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What is the exact date of the end of days referenced in the book of Daniel according to various commentators?

Note: Many views were collected in this table here. Rambam - In Iggeret Teiman he wrote: "...תחזור הנבואה לישראל בשנת ארבעה אלפים תתקע"ו ליצירה..." - Year 4976 which is 1216 CE. But ...
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Was Daniel a eunuch

Daniel is sometimes identified with one of two eunuchs in Achashverosh's court, Hatach and Memuchan; the implication being that after Persia conquered Babylon, the Babylonian eunuchs were transferred ...
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Why are only 4 Persian kings mentioned?

Fundamentally, there are 2 different questions here: 1) How can Seder Olam and modern Scholarship be reconciled 2) What does the Passuk in Daniel refer to. The first question is the subject ...
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What is the trope for Ezra/Nehemiah and Daniel

The Syrian Sephardic tradition reads the taamim of Daniel and Ezra/Nehemia (as well as Job 1-2, Ecclesiates, and Chronicles) in the same melody as Ruth. This is sung in a precious Middle-Eastern scale ...
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Is it true the book of Daniel says that the Messiah will arrive before the destruction of the second temple?

Many Christian attempts to read about their Messiah in the Jewish Bible are based on incorrect translations and misunderstandings of the Jewish way of reading the Bible (Tanakh) through its ...
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Fourth Kingdom is Aram/Yishmael

This edition of Artscroll on Daniel has a lengthy commentary on this verse which addresses, I hope, your question. Here is a summary of what they write The identity of the fourth kingdom is a topic ...
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Who did Daniel see?

I would think this is the same question as identifying the Man on the throne in Shemos 24:10, "“And they saw Elokei Yisrael, and under His Feet was something like sapir (sapphire or a blue marble) ...
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Why wasn't Daniel present when Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria were thrown into the furnace?

The מצודת (and IIRC the Malbim) answers your question: "The reason they didn't include Daniel was because the king considered him a god." (Proof: The king bowed down to Daniel at the end of the ...
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Is the Aramaic Section of Daniel Second-Century BCE Aramaic?

The question posed requires an expert in Aramaic. One such expert was Sir Godfrey Rolles Driver. In 1926, in an article in Journal of Biblical Literature, Volume 45, 'The Aramaic of the Book of ...
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Why does "mene" appear twice in Daniel 5?

Metzudat David writes that the doubled phrase implies that G-d's calculation here is precise. R. Moshe Alshich writes that the first occurrence of the word (which is not interpreted explicitly by ...
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Is the Aramaic Section of Daniel Second-Century BCE Aramaic?

The Aramaic in the Book of Daniel has two purposes: (1) the Aramaic provided a perfect chiasm to the parallel Hebrew portions of the text; and (2) the Aramaic is special divine revelation to the ...
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Why wasn't Daniel present when Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria were thrown into the furnace?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin said (Sanhedrin 93a) ודניאל להיכן אזל אמר רב למיכרא נהרא רבא בטבריא ושמואל אמר לאתויי ביזרא דאספסתא ור' יוחנן אמר לאתויי חזירי דאלכסנדריא של מצרים איני והתניא תודוס הרופא אמר ...
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Why is Daniel specifically referred to as a beloved man?

A guess: In Ch. 10 verse 3 Daniel says לֶחֶם חֲמֻדוֹת לֹא אָכַלְתִּי - that during the 3 years he fasted, he didn't eat clean bread. He refers to this bread as לֶחֶם חֲמֻדוֹת Maybe that's why he ...
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How can the contradiction between Daniel 1:21 and 10:1 regarding the year of Cyrus be resolved?

Rabbi Ahron Marcus discusses this issue shortly in his book "Barzilai" (pg. 313 in the Hebrew edition): "קושי שלישי שעורר אופרט...בדניאל א, 21 נאמר: "ויהי דניאל עד שנת אחת לכורש ...
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What does the name Daniel mean in Hebrew?

According to the Chabad.org list of names and the Aish.com list of names, it means "G‑d is my Judge." (also, according to non-jewish sites, it means the present tense.)
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Jewish sources for Jerome on Daniel 11:34

The Raava'd (אברהם בן דוד הלוי - הראב"ד הראשון) in his sefer kabala says this. as does the אברבנל (מעיני הישועה- המעיין י"א)
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Was Nebuchadnezzar's statue an image of Daniel himself?

Whilst this doesn't answer your question, it does displace the premise. Your question was based on the principle that Doniel did not have to worship as Nevuchadnezzar saw him as a god-like figure. ...
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Fourth Kingdom is Aram/Yishmael

The Ibn Ezra is using "Aram" to mean the nation of Rome, which he identifies with Greece (Yavan). His reasoning is that "Kittim" is the son of Yavan (Genesis 10:4). Onkelos to Numbers 24:24 ...
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Who is the Infamous Little Horn of Daniel 7?

Bereshit Rabba 76:6 identifies this as "Ben Naytzer." הַצִּילֵנִי נָא מִיַּד אָחִי מִיַּד עֵשָׂו (בראשית לב, יב), הַצֵּל אֶת בָּנַי לֶעָתִיד לָבוֹא מִיַּד בְּנֵי בָנָיו שֶׁבָּאוּ עֲלֵיהֶן מִכֹּחוֹ ...
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Why wasn't Daniel present when Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria were thrown into the furnace?

Malbim says it slightly differently: Nevuchadnetzar can't practically have ALL THE PEOPLE bow to the statue, so he's asked the leaders of each city, tribe, nation, etc. to bow, as representatives of ...
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Does the book of Daniel accurately date the war with Babylon?

Note: The Babylonian Chronicles entries brought in this answer were translated by me from the book "Historical Texts From Assyria and Babylonia: 9th-6th Centuries BCE" by Mordechai Cogan, ...
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Hebrew to English Translations of Daniel 9:23-27

Like avi pointed out, the Book of Daniel uses a grammatically awkward version of both Hebrew and Aramaic throughout its entirety. Thus, my translation below is that of Sefaria (with slight punctuation ...
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Fasting, what and when a Daniel fast is appropriate

As far as I know, classical Jewish sources do not place value on, or even refer to the 'Daniel fast', as a discrete regimen. Indeed, Daniel's diet seems to have been the result of his problem with the ...
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Why was Nevuchadnezer able to command horses not to whinny, and birds not to fly?

Rabbi Tanchum Hayerushalmi in his commentary on Daniel1 explains that this is not literal. Rather, it's simply a symbolic title intended to represent Nevuchadnetzar's might and power as king, akin to ...
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