Daniel was an extremely godly man, presented by Ezekiel the prophet as an example of righteousness along with Noah and Job (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). Angels also say that he is “greatly loved” (Daniel 9:23; 10:11, 19). In short, Daniel is a wonderful character and reading his life’s story in the Bible is very valuable.
This timeline of the prophet Daniel’s life is a rough overview because most of the events cannot be located exactly in his life. Some can be located in history, but we are not told Daniel’s age at any time.
The book of Daniel begins with King Nebuchadnezzar attacking Jerusalem in the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah. We are introduced to Daniel and his three friends as youths who are taken to Babylon to be educated in the learning and language of the Chaldeans. We don’t know Daniel’s age at this time, but we can guess that he was probably about 15-20 years old. I have assumed that he was 17 years old at that time, or about 22 years younger than the prophet Jeremiah and the same age as the prophet Ezekiel.
Daniel spent most of his life in Babylon and does not appear to have returned to Judah at all. Presumably he was too old to travel by the time Cyrus issued a decree that the people of Judah should return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple (2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-4).
We are told the timing of a few events in Daniel’s life, but they are always given in relation to the reigning king:
Some fascinating points about the kings referred to in the book of Daniel:
The book of Daniel in the Bible is the best place to find out about Daniel (read it on Bible Gateway).
A few articles on Wikipedia may be of interest, although they tend to dismiss the history recorded in the Bible while accepting as fact propaganda from kings and their sycophants and hearsay reported by geographically distant historians writing hundreds of years later:
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