Daniel and Susanna - Introduction
The story of Susanna is a “detective story” from the second or first century B.C.E. It is about Daniel, and is an addition to that book.
A masterpiece of the storyteller's art, the tale combines effective characterization with suspenseful plot development to proclaim its moral that God does not desert the innocent who trust and pray.
Some interpreters see the story as a criticism of the judicial system, especially the need to examine witnesses more carefully (vv. 48–49 ) and to insure against perjury by inflicting adequate punishment (v. 62 ).
This addition to Daniel appears in different places in the versions. In the Septuagint and Vulgate a slightly variant form of the story follows the end as ch. 13 . The story comes first in the Greek text of Theodotion and in other versions, perhaps because Daniel is described (v. 45 ) as a “young man.” On original language, see Introduction to the Prayer of Azariah and The Song of the Three .