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Daniel is one of the books of the section in the Hebrew Bible called Writings. It is set in the periods spanning the end of the First Temple and the beginning of the Second Temple. The book’s first half, written mostly in Aramaic, includes stories about Daniel, a Jewish advisor to Babylonian kings, and his peers. Daniel interprets dreams and messages and miraculously survives several attempts to destroy him, such as when he emerges unharmed from a lions’ den. In the book’s second half, Daniel describes prophetic visions about the declines of powerful empires and the end of days.