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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A Hebrew of fine physique and rare endowment, who was, while but a youth, carried captive to Babylon, and trained for office in the court of the king; was found, after three years' discipline, to excel "in wisdom and understanding" all the magicians and enchanters of the realm, of which he gave such proof that he rose step by step to the highest official positions, first in the Babylonian and then in the Persian empire. He was a Hebrew prophet of a new type, for whereas the old prophet had, for the most part, more regard to the immediate present and its outlooks, his eye reached forth into the future and foresaw in vision, as his book has foretold in symbol, the fulfilment of the hope for which the fathers of his race had lived and died.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Daniel'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/daniel.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.