In Babylon’s Falling William G. Collins put the biblical book of Daniel in a historical fictional setting to depict a possible biography of the seer. Daniel, captured by the armries of Babylon and taken from Judah to Babylon see the splendor of the city, the hanging gardens and palaces. With his three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel, now Belteshazzar, got his education and trials to stay true to his Jewish faith. Eventually his star rises, when God made it possible to explain the dreams of king Nebuchadnezzer. Belteshazzar becomes a councilor to the mad king. It is Belteshazzar — Daniel — who’s sent to Cyrus the Great to explore his plans. While absent in Babylon, the three friends have their rescue in the furnace after refusing to bow down before the statue of Nebuchadnezzer. When Cyrus takes over the Babylonean empire, Daniel’s family and his Jewish people are freed to return to Judah and finally see Jerusalem again. Babylon’s Falling gives Daniel a wife, notably Inanna, however absent in the second half of the book and shows how the life in the pagan culture of Babylon impacts the former Judean folks. The age-old question, ‘Where was Daniel when his three friends were thrown into the fiery furnace?’ is answered. Of course the lion’s den is there as well. And upon returning to Jerusalem, after an adventure at sea that takes the old seer even to Egypt, friendships are restored and another biblical seer, Ezekiel introduced. Thanks for writing it all down in what we now know as the book of Daniel (with alternative versions as deuterocanonical books): prophecies came to life, as well as Mr. Collins restored a possible course of life of this faithful fellow.
About the author
As minister, missionary and educator, William Collins has always been fascinated by history and its relationship to the Bible. Graduate studies in Old Testament cultures, have helped his understanding of the ancient world. Author of Freedom’s Challenge, To Catch the Wind and The Wind of the Lord, set in Ancient Egypt.
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