Shadrach / Hananiah
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)
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Shadrach, the Babylonian name given to Hananiah, one of Daniels three companions (Dan. 1:7), subsequently thrown into the fiery furnace. The etymology is uncertain. It has been taken as a deliberate pejorative variation of Marduk, god of Babylon.
Hananiah (Heb., God has favored me [with a child]), a name borne by at least ten biblical personages. Two are well known. 1 Hananiah, the son of Azur, who died for falsely prophesying against Jeremiah (Jer. 28). 2 Hananiah, also called Shadrach, one of Daniels three friends who was miraculously saved from the fiery furnace (Dan. 1-3).
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