Daniel in the den of the lions (chapter 6 in Daniel’s Book) tells how his royal master Darius the Mede raises Daniel to high office, but jealous rivals trick Darius into issuing a decree condemning Daniel to death. Hoping for the deliverance of Daniel, but unable to save him, he was thrown into the lions ‘ pit by the king. He hurries back at daybreak to ask if God had saved his frieze. The king has those who conspired against Daniel, their wives and their children, thrown in his place to the lions, and commands all the people of the world to “tremble and fear before Daniel’s god.” This is one of the Bible movies peoples should definitely watch with their families.
According to modern scholarship, Daniel is a legendary figure. The book of which he is the hero includes two parts, a set of tales in chapters 1-6, and the series of visions in chapters 7-12, the tales are not earlier than the Hellenistic period, and the visions date back to the Maccabean era (mid-2nd century BC). The stories were probably originally independent, but were collected by the author of chapter 7 in the mid-2nd century and expanded to produce the modern book shortly afterwards with the visions in chapters 8-12.Chapter 6, Daniel’s story in the den of the lions, parallels chapter 3, the story of the “fiery furnace”: each begins with the jealousy of non – Jews for successful Jews and an imperial edict requiring Jews to compromise their religion, and ends with divine deliverance and a king who confesses the greatness of the God of the Jews and issues an edict of royal protection.
Synopsis of the movie
His royal master, Darius the Mede, raises Daniel to high office. Daniel’s jealous rivals trick Darius into issuing a decree that no prayer should be addressed to any god or man for thirty days other than Darius himself; anyone who breaks this should be thrown at the lions. Daniel continues to pray to the God of Israel, and the king, though deeply distressed, must condemn Daniel to death because it is impossible to alter the edicts of the Medes and Persians. Hoping for the deliverance of Daniel, he’s thrown him into the pit. The king hastens to the place at daybreak and anxiously cries out asking if God had saved his friend.
Daniel replies that his God had sent an angel to close the lions ‘ jaws, “because I was found blameless before him.” The king commands that those who had conspired against Daniel should be thrown at the lions in his place, along with their wives and children, and that all the people of the world should be commended to shake and be afraid before the God of Daniel.
Although the whole book is traditionally attributed to Daniel the seer, the tales of chapters 1-6, including the story of the den of the lion, are the voice of an anonymous narrator (with the exception of chapter 4 in the form of a letter from King Nebuchadnezzar). Daniel’s name may have been chosen for the hero because of his reputation in Hebrew tradition as a wise seer. There are also other animated bible movies, but there are very few bible movies for kids which have had an impact like this story.