Q. I can’t help but wonder why the last two chapters of Daniel were omitted from our modern bibles. They show strength of our Lord and are a testimony to Daniel’s greatness as a prophet and religious man. Any thoughts on this?
A. Neither Daniel 13 (also called Susanna) nor Daniel 14 (also called Bel and the Dragon) were written by Daniel. Susanna was written in the Greek language and probably dates around the 1st or 2nd Century BC. Bel and the Dragon was written in Aramaic at about the same time. Daniel died about 300 years earlier. While they contain interesting stories, these two chapters were not originally part of Daniel and were not considered to be inspired writings either by the Jews or Early Christians.