Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Belshazzar (1. בלשאצר or 2. בלשאצר Belsha'tstsar Aramaic, or Baltasar; Akkadian Bel-sarra-usur, "Bel protect the king," king of Babylon at the time of its fall; he to whom Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall) was a prince of Babylon, the son of Nabonidus (see below), the last king of Babylon, not to be confused with Daniel's Babylonian name "Belteshazzar." In the Book of Daniel (chapters 5 and 8) of the Jewish Tanakh or Christian Old Testament, Belshazzar is the King of Babylon before the advent of the Medes and Persians.

Belshazzar was the son of Nabonidus, who after ruling only three years, went to the oasis of Tayma and devoted himself to the worship of the moon god, Sin. He made Belshazzar co-regent in 553 B.C, leaving him in charge of Babylon's defense.

In the year 540 B.C. Nabonidus returned from Tayma, hoping to defend his kingdom from the Persians who were planning to advance on Babylon. In 539 B.C. Belshazzar was positioned in the city of Babylon to hold the capital, while Nabonidus, marched his troops north to meet Cyrus. On October 10, 539 B.C. Nabonidus surrendered and fled from Cyrus. Two days later, October 12, 539 B.C., the Persian armies overthrew the city of Babylon.

Includes Handel: Belshazzar Zerstörnder Krieg (Destructive war)

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