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Daniel (Aramaic and Hebrew: דָּנִיֵּאל, romanized: Dānīyyēʾl, lit. 'God is my Judge'; Greek: Δανιήλ, romanized: Daniḗl; Arabic: دانيال, romanized: Dāniyāl) is the main character of the Book of Daniel. According to the Hebrew Bible, Daniel was a noble Jewish youth of Jerusalem taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon, serving the king and his successors with loyalty and ability until the time of the Persian conqueror Cyrus, all the while remaining true to the God of Israel. While conservative scholars hold that Daniel existed and his book was written in the 6th century BCE, most other scholars agree that Daniel is not a historical figure and that the book is a cryptic allusion to the reign of the 2nd century BCE Hellenistic king Antiochus IV Epiphanes.Six cities claim the Tomb of Daniel, the most famous being that in Susa, in southern Iran, at a site known as Shush-e Daniyal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Daniel has received more than 1,584,221 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia. Daniel is the 62nd most popular religious figure (up from 70th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Israel (up from 23rd in 2019) and the 18th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Daniel is most famous for his interpretation of the book of Daniel.

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Among religious figures, Daniel ranks 62 out of 2,238Before him are Luke the Evangelist, Benedict of Nursia, Abu Hanifa, Hildegard of Bingen, Pope Alexander VI, and Thomas the Apostle. After him are Pope Pius XI, Saint Valentine, John Chrysostom, Pope Sylvester I, Muhammad al-Bukhari, and Pope Gregory XIII.

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Among people born in 690 BC, Daniel ranks 1After him are Cyrus I and Epimenides. Among people deceased in 600 BC, Daniel ranks 2Before him is Laozi. After him are Tomyris, Draco, Belshazzar, Habakkuk, Astyages, Maya, Epimenides, Theano, Anacharsis, and Phalaris.

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Among people born in Israel, Daniel ranks 20 out of 430Before him are Herod the Great (-73), Judas Iscariot (50), Saul (-1079), Mary Magdalene (-10), Bartholomew the Apostle (-100), and Thomas the Apostle (1). After him are Ezekiel (-621), Isaiah (-800), Josephus (37), Jude the Apostle (15), Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1161), and Ariel Sharon (1928).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Daniel ranks 18Before him are Saint Stephen (1), Judas Iscariot (50), Saul (-1079), Mary Magdalene (-10), Bartholomew the Apostle (-100), and Thomas the Apostle (1). After him are Ezekiel (-621), Isaiah (-800), Jude the Apostle (15), Salome (14), Simon the Zealot (1), and Joachim (-100).