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The Babylonian monuments speak a number of times of a Bel-shar-usur who was the “firstborn son, the offspring of the heart of” Nabunaid, the last king of the Babylonian empire, that had been founded by Nabopolassar, the father of Nebuchadnezzar, at the time of the death of Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria, in 626 BC. 2.The Nabonidus Cylinder mentions both Nabonidus and Balshazzar also mentioned in the Bible.
- 1. James Strong and John McClintock. The Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature. (Haper and Brothers; NY, 1880), op. cit..
- 2. R. Dick Wilson, “Balshazzar,” ed. James Orr and Melvin Grove Kyle, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1939), op. cit..