Daniel – Bible Overview

Meaning of Name: God is my Judge

Date of Events: c. 606 - 538 B.C.

1. God is my Judge
2. Sovereignty of God

Outline: (Defined by differences in content)
1. Daniel in Babylon and Persia, Daniel 1-6
2. Daniel’s Dreams and Visions, Daniel 7-11
3. Disposition of the Book, Daniel 12

Memorable Chapters
Daniel 1, Daniel’s amazing success in exile
Daniel 2, King’s dream of a great image
Daniel 3, Three men in a furnace
Daniel 4, Testimony by the King of Babylon
Daniel 5, Fall of Babylon
Daniel 6, Daniel in the lions’ den
Daniel 9, Daniel’s prayer for understanding

Key Verses
Daniel 2:27-28, There is a God in heaven who reveals secrets
Daniel 4:30-31, The most arrogant words
Daniel 6:22, Angel shut the lions’ mouths
Daniel 12:2, Resurrection of God’s people
Daniel 12:3, God’s people shine like the stars

Key Words
Understanding, knowledge, etc., Daniel 1:17-20; 7:28; 8:27; 9:22-23; 12:4, 8-10
Cyrus, Daniel 1:21; 6:28; 10:1

Key Numbers
Seven times (years), Daniel 4:25
Three and one-half times (years), Daniel 7:25; 12:7
2,300 days, Daniel 8:14
Seventy weeks, Daniel 9:24
One week, Daniel 9:27
1,290 days, Daniel 12:11
1,330 days, Daniel 12:12

Quotes and Echoes

Numerous scenes and phrases are taken from Daniel into Revelation

Daniel is grouped with Noah and Job in writings contemporary to him, Ezekiel 14:14, 20

Daniel 1:1-6; 2 Chronicles 36; The fall of Jerusalem

Daniel 1:21; 6:28; 10:1; 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Isaiah 42:2, 24-28 43:15; 44:27-28; 45:13-18; and Jeremiah 50:38; 51:13, 36-37; Cyrus and the fall of Babylon

Daniel 9:23, 27; Matthew 24:15; Jesus said Daniel would be understood regarding another fall of Jerusalem

Daniel 9:24; Galatians 4:4; When the time was right God sent Jesus

Daniel 12:2; John 5:25-29; Resurrection of the dead


1.    Is this your first time through Daniel? Or how many times?

2.    Have you ever puzzled over the strangeness of some of his dreams?

3.    Would you try this?
    A.    Read Daniel in one hour without trying to understand it all, but only what is easy.
    B.    Then read Revelation in one hour the same way.
    C.    Then tell your group about your experience doing this.

4.    What does the book of Daniel tell you about God? And about you?

Copyright 2017 Wilma Zalabak