The Apple Of God's Eye

April 19, 2009

Bible 1, Critics 0: Belshazzar Was The Last King Of Babylon

Filed under: Bible — melchia @ 12:16 am
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Time and again the Bible’s accuracy has been vindicated by archaeologists. One example is Daniel’s statement that Belshazzar was the last king of Babylon (Dan. 5:30-31). For centuries historians said Daniel was wrong — according to them Nabonidus was the last king.  

But the critics were silenced when archaeologists dug up some Babylonian documents that stated Nabonidus named his son “Belsarusus” — a variation of Belshazzar. According to a document now called the Nabonidus Chronicle, Nabonidus “entrusted the army and the kingship” to Belshazzar while he campaigned in central Arabia.  

Belshazzar was therefore the second ruler of Babylon who reigned in his father’s absence. This explains why Belshazzar wanted to make Daniel the “third ruler” in the kingdom (Dan. 5:16).  

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