Danaba is mentioned by Ptolemy (V, xv, 24) as a town in the territory of Palmyra. According to the Roman road guide known as Peutinger's table (where it is called Danova) it was a Roman military station between Damascus and Palmyra, twenty miles from Nezala.
Today Danaba may be represented by Hafer, a village five miles southeast of Sadad, which in the early 20th century was in the Ottoman vilayet of Damascus; about 300 Jacobite Syrians lived there, most of whom had been converted to Catholicism. Sadad and Mahïn have also been proposed as its location.
Danaba figures in an Antiochene Notitia episcopatuum of the 6th century as a suffragan of Damascus, and remained so till perhaps the 10th century. Only two bishops are known: Theodore, who attended the Council of Chalcedon in 451, and who subscribed the letter of the bishops of the province to Byzantine Emperor Leo I the Thracian in 458 regarding the murder of Proterius of Alexandria, and Eulogius, present at the Second Council of Constantinople in 553.
- Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Danaba". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
- Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p.879
- Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. II, coll. 847-848
- Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 435
- Sophrone Pétridès, "Banaba" in Catholic Encyclopedia (New York 1908)