Deuterocanon / Bel and the Dragon


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Summary of Bel and the Dragon

Date: 135 B.C.E.

Description: Bel and the Dragon is included in the book of Daniel in all of the ancient Christian Old Testaments. In both Bel and Daniel 6, Daniel is thrown into a lion's den and emerges unharmed. Daniel promises to slay a Babylonian dragon without the aid of a sword, and does so by baking pitch, fat, and hair to make cakes that kill the dragon on consumption.

Wills, Lawrence M. Introduction to the Apocrypha: Jewish Books in Christian Bibles, Yale University Press, 2021


Deuterocanon


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