|Statement||by Ernest Davis Green.|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||178 p. ;|
|Number of Pages||178|
|LC Control Number||78065695|
Belshazzar’s Feast. 5 Belshazzar the king () made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand. 2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels () which his  father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might. The book of Daniel was criticized for hundreds of years because of the account in chapter 5 of a king named Belshazzar and the fall of the city of Babylon in just one night. Critics pointed out that no one named Belshazzar had ever been found in any of the king . In Dan Belshazzar is referred to as “king of Babylon,” and in he is simply called “king.” Historically, these designations and the dates of “first year” and “third year” can only apply to the time when Belshazzar managed matters in Babylonia while his father was in Tema, and they clearly imply an awareness of this. William Shea suggests Belshazzar had already heard the Persians defeated Nabonidus at Sippar (fifty miles from Babylon). Belshazzar used the banquet to crown himself king and was holding a banquet to celebrate his ascension to the throne in grand style (“Nabonidus, Belshazzar, and Daniel: An Update,” ).
Daniel comes to read the wall and translate for the King, but later that night, Darius the Mede conquers and takes over the whole land by killing the king. With the fall of Belshazzar, the statue of Nebuchadnezzar makes more sense as we get to a lesser metal. Darius would fall and once again a new empire would take control. Belshazzar reigned for a short time during the life of Daniel the prophet. His name, meaning “Bel protect the king,” is a prayer to a Babylonian god; as his story shows, Bel was powerless to save this evil ruler. Belshazzar ruled Babylon, a powerful nation . Belshazzar had been known only from the biblical Book of Daniel (chapters 5, 7–8) and from Xenophon’s Cyropaedia until , when references to him were found in Babylonian cuneiform inscriptions. Though he is referred to in the Book of Daniel as the son of Nebuchadrezzar, the Babylonian inscriptions indicate that he was in fact the eldest son of Nabonidus, who was king of Babylon from . Text: Comments.1 Belshazzar the king rec made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine pr, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
Norman Porteous, for instance, writes, “On the other hand it is known that Belshazzar was a historical person, the son of the last Babylonian king Nabonidus, who acted as regent of Babylon for several years before its fall, while his father was absent at the oasis of Teima in Arabia.” This would begin Belshazzar’s regency about B. Belshazzar's feast, or the story of the writing on the wall (chapter 5 in the Book of Daniel), tells how Belshazzar holds a great feast and drinks from the vessels that had been looted in the destruction of the First Temple.A hand appears and writes on the wall. The terrified Belshazzar calls for his wise men, but they are unable to read the writing. Daniel ,,13, King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand. 5 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. This puzzled scholars, since Belshazzar is referred to as “king” in the book of Daniel and offers the position of 3 rd in the kingdom. However, a clay cylinder was found at the Temple of Shamash in the city of Sippara which contains a cuneiform inscription about King Nabonidus of Babylon and his son Belshazzar.