Daniel contains the memoirs of a young Jewish captive taken to Babylon in 605 B.C. He with other youthful members of the Judean nobility were trained for posts as civil servants in Nebuchadnezzar’s administration. The incidents and prophecies recorded in this little book span Daniel’s 70-year career as a high government official. The first half of the book tells stories of Daniel’s relationship with the rulers of the Babylonian and Persian Empires. The second half reports prophetic visions given Daniel of the near and distant future. The Book of Daniel contains many lessons for the believer. Daniel’s life illustrates the power of prayer, and how to live by faith in a hostile society. Daniel’s powerful images of the future continue to remind us that God is fully in control of history.
|I.||Daniel’s Political Career||Dan. 1–6|
|II.||Daniel’s Prophetic Visions||Dan. 7–12|