Mishael

Synonyms:
Mishael, mee-sha-AYL, מִישָׁאֵל
Shadrach,_Meshach,_and_Abednego (Wikipedia)
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah
Simeon Solomon - Shadrach Meshach Abednego.JPG
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (1863) by Simeon Solomon.
Three Holy Children
Venerated inJudaism
Christianity
Major shrineTomb of Daniel, Susa
Feast16 December – Roman Catholicism
17 December – Eastern Orthodoxy
AttributesThree men in the fiery furnace
Patronageburn-victims
Franz Joseph Hermann, "The Fiery Furnace; from the Book of Daniel, 3"; St. Pankratius, Wiggensbach, Germany. King Nebuchadnezzar (left) watches the three youths and the angelic figure in the furnace (right), while the king's gigantic statue towers behind them (centre).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are figures from chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel, three Hebrew men thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refuse to bow down to the king's image; the three are preserved from harm and the king sees four men walking in the flames, "the fourth ... like a son of God".

The first six chapters of Daniel are stories dating from the late Persian/early Hellenistic period, and Daniel's absence from the story of the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace suggests that it may originally have been independent. It forms a pair with the story of Daniel in the lions' den, both making the point that the God of the Jews will deliver those who are faithful to him.

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