Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah: unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah of Shadrach; and to Mishael of Meshach; and to Azariah of Abednego. (Daniel 1:6,7)

Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah: unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah of Shadrach; and to Mishael of Meshach; and to Azariah of Abednego. (Daniel 1:6,7)

So what if their names were changed I hear you ask; hear me out and I’m sure it’ll bless you with a fresh appreciation of the grace of Jesus. Daniel and his friends were in captivity in Babylon and they were the favoured ones, among others, the king’s secretary handpicked for his kingdom. One of the pre-requisites to serve in the kingdom is to have their Hebrew names changed to Babylonian names.…

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elizabethrobertajones's awesome meta about the importance of Cas backstabbing Daniel the fishing angel stuck in my head.  (Sorry!  I wanted to reblog it again but Tumblr didn’t want to let me add pics.)  When I rewatched the ep it made me wonder: how did Cas feel about having to kill an angel whose vessel had greenish eyes and freckles and was wearing a pendant that was evocative of hunting?  Especially one that was talking earnestly about the important of freedom and freedom of choice?  I know just watching it made me feel awful.

(I spent way too much time looking at pictures of Giacomo Baessato, trying to decide if his eyes were green or brown or hazel.  In the end, I went with greenish.)

And finally, from the weird coincidences department, I was reading this fic by angelofthemoor …  it notes that the biblical prophet Daniel was also called Belteshazzar, and that this was sometimes rendered Balthazar.

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