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Judith, et. al.,
Dan<i>el was the main character of the Ugaritic Epic of Aqhat. See the
opening lines of Aqht A (translated by HL Ginsberg) in ANET, pp. 149ff. In
Aqht, Danel gives offerings to the gods, whether as a priest or presenting
them to priests is unclear. [In a previous academic incarnation, I studied
Ancient Near East Lit..] Anyway, Danel appears to be best known as being
about the ideal son, at least in Ugaritic Wisdom legend.
The biblical Daniel seems to be derived from the ANE Danel.
Harry A. Manhoff