The parallel with the contest between Marduk and Tiamat, in which winds controlled by Marduk burst Tiamat open, has been noted by many informed readers; barley-cake plays the same role as the wind.

As a result, the Babylonians are indignant, and threaten the king if he does not give them Daniel. Daniel is handed over, and thrown into a lions’ den. The prophet Habakkuk is miraculously recruited and brought to share a meal with Daniel in the den. When Daniel is found alive in the den seven days later, the king throws his persecutors to the lions, who eat and kill them.