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belshazzar


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Belshazzar 
  n  :  (Old  Testament)  the  last  king  of  Babylon;  he  was  warned  of 
  his  doom  by  divine  handwriting  on  the  wall  that  was 
  interpreted  by  Daniel  [syn:  {Belshazzar}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Belshazzar 
  Bel  protect  the  king!,  the  last  of  the  kings  of  Babylon  (Dan. 
  5:1).  He  was  the  son  of  Nabonidus  by  Nitocris  who  was  the 
  daughter  of  Nebuchadnezzar  and  the  widow  of  Nergal-sharezer. 
  When  still  young  he  made  a  great  feast  to  a  thousand  of  his 
  lords,  and  when  heated  with  wine  sent  for  the  sacred  vessels  his 
  father"  (Dan.  5:2),  or  grandfather,  Nebuchadnezzar  had  carried 
  away  from  the  temple  in  Jerusalem,  and  he  and  his  princes  drank 
  out  of  them  In  the  midst  of  their  mad  revelry  a  hand  was  seen 
  by  the  king  tracing  on  the  wall  the  announcement  of  God's 
  judgment,  which  that  night  fell  upon  him  At  the  instance  of  the 
  queen  (i.e.,  his  mother)  Daniel  was  brought  in  and  he 
  interpreted  the  writing.  That  night  the  kingdom  of  the  Chaldeans 
  came  to  an  end  and  the  king  was  slain  (Dan.  5:30).  (See 
  NERGAL-{SHAREZER}.) 
 
  The  absence  of  the  name  of  Belshazzar  on  the  monuments  was 
  long  regarded  as  an  argument  against  the  genuineness  of  the  Book 
  of  Daniel.  In  1854  Sir  Henry  Rawlinson  found  an  inscription  of 
  Nabonidus  which  referred  to  his  eldest  son.  Quite  recently, 
  however,  the  side  of  a  ravine  undermined  by  heavy  rains  fell  at 
  Hillah,  a  suburb  of  Babylon.  A  number  of  huge,  coarse 
  earthenware  vases  were  laid  bare.  These  were  filled  with 
  tablets,  the  receipts  and  contracts  of  a  firm  of  Babylonian 
  bankers,  which  showed  that  Belshazzar  had  a  household,  with 
  secretaries  and  stewards.  One  was  dated  in  the  third  year  of  the 
  king  Marduk-sar-uzur.  As  Marduk-sar-uzar  was  another  name  for 
  Baal,  this  Marduk-sar-uzur  was  found  to  be  the  Belshazzar  of 
  Scripture.  In  one  of  these  contract  tablets,  dated  in  the  July 
  after  the  defeat  of  the  army  of  Nabonidus  we  find  him  paying 
  tithes  for  his  sister  to  the  temple  of  the  sun-god  at  Sippara 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Belshazzar,  master  of  the  treasure 
 




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