Why is Daniel 14 Not in the Bible?
The omission of parts of Daniel and Esther from Protestant Bibles is a subject of debate. Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin has responded to a question on their Facebook page by explaining why the Bible does not contain Daniel 14. He also points out that the Protestant Bible does not contain Daniel 14, but contemporary Roman Catholic Bibles do.
Bel and the Dragon contains two stories about idolatry
The two stories of Bel and the Dragon are related by different characters, but they share the same moral message: destroying idolatry in its earliest stages. Both stories appear in the Roman Catholic Bible and Apocrypha. In both, Daniel is fed by the prophet Habakkuk, exposing Bel’s trick.
In the Bible, Bel and the Dragon is a Greek apocryphal addition to the book of Daniel. As such, it is deuterocanonical and is included in the Catholic and Orthodox canon. Protestants, on the other hand, view the book as apocryphal, and it is therefore not included in most Protestant Bibles.
It lampoons idols and their priests
The Aramaic/Hebrew version of Daniel 14 lampoons idols and the priests who serve them. The story also includes a penitential prayer from Daniel and the Song of the Three Youths, a passage that reinforces the role of intercessory prayer. In addition, the Prayer of Azariah suggests that Daniel’s rescue from the furnace was the result of prayer. Despite these similarities, the original book of Daniel ends at chapter twelve. Consequently, the extra material is likely to be a result of folklore and legends about Daniel. Nonetheless, this extra material does not necessarily contradict the book’s other material, such as chapter thirteen.
Daniel’s encounter with the priests of Bel is noteworthy. The king accuses Daniel of not worshiping the god, as he has been offering great food to Bel. However, Daniel replies that he does not worship false gods created by humans. The king then pits Daniel against the Persian priests and threatens to execute him.
It contains a prophecy about end-time prophecy
Daniel’s prophecy of the end time refers to a king who will rise before the kingdom of God on earth. He will be a blasphemous and arrogant king who will oppose God and His saints. When a predetermined time has passed, God will remove the evil men from the earth and establish His eternal kingdom.
Daniel was told that there would be kings of the earth, but he was not told who these kings would be. But it is thought that the first king, the winged lion, represents Nebuchadnezzar. However, the point of Daniel’s prophecy is not to reveal the identities of these kings. Rather, the prophecy shows how kingdoms will rise and fall, and a powerful evil king will rise and rule over mankind.
It was added by Roman Catholics
The Catholic Church has added three chapters to the Bible known as the Additions to Daniel. These chapters are considered “apocrypha” by Protestants. They were excluded from most Christian bibles during the Middle Ages, but were later included by Martin Luther. Luther attributed these chapters to the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Bible. The additions were later listed in Article VI of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. Today, the Protestant Church does not recognize Daniel 14 as sacred reading.
The text contains both narrative and visionary parts. The visionary portions are similar to the apocalyptic visions found in other Old Testament books. The imagery and language of Daniel also influences the book of Revelation. The Catholic Church has incorporated the Greek additions to Daniel into its canon. Protestants generally do not accept this addition, but the Church does use it in canticles.
It is not found in the bible
There is a good reason why Daniel 14 is not found in the bible. This passage explains what happens to two people who are separated from one another. These people have the same name, but their stories are different. The story begins with Daniel being told to separate two people. After the separation, Daniel examines the two people.
Daniel was living in Babylon at the time of King Astyages. He was the last king of the Median kingdom. He had been in the palace when he heard the king’s request. He asked him why he should not be able to find out the secret of the king, and he replied that no philosopher, diviner, or soothsayer could tell him.
It was opposed to God’s will
The story of Daniel 14 is a tale of human rebellion and the power of divine will. The Jewish leaders of the time were blasphemous, arrogant, and beastly. Their actions would bring divine judgment upon them. God’s plan of destruction was revealed in the vision Daniel received.
The final chapter of Daniel deals with end-time prophecy and events before and after the return of Jesus Christ. The book also tells how Satan tried to stop Daniel from understanding the visions that he had, thus preventing God’s truth from being revealed.