The Book of Daniel divides into two sections. Chapters 1-6 give a biographical and historical narrative of highlights in the lives of Daniel and three other Jewish captives, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. Chapters 7-12 record visions of future events that were given to Daniel by the LORD, beginning about 533 BC.
Daniel is the only known Hebrew prophet to have lived almost his entire life in a pagan society. Probably born in Jerusalem, he was deported to Babylon in 605 BC, where he was immediately placed in a re-education program to prepare him for service in the Babylonian government. Eventually he became the most powerful Jew in the Exile and its aftermath. He served at least three kings and two governments in a career that spanned nearly 70 years. He is a powerful example for people of faith who live and work in secular societies even until today.