Babylon Rising, Chapter 34, Part 2

Having wasted the first half of his class whining about Dean Fallworth and peddling his religion, Murphy now turns to the actual subject of the course.

Or at least, he rattles on about his latest pet project.  Does he ever plan to teach anything about archeology to this introductory class?  Not right now, that’s for sure–the closest he comes to talking about archeology is saying that he is “very close to digging up”…something.

Then Murphy talks about the four portions of the statue of King Neb, each representing…

“one of the only absolute world empires: first was the Golden Head, representing Babylon; next the silver chest and arms, representing the Medo-Persian empire, which consisted of the two countries that conquered Babylon; then came the belly of brass, which represented the Greeks; and they were followed by the iron legs of the Romans.”

And this is why I think this chapter should have immediately followed Chapter 30, where Daniel explained this to King Neb–this is Murphy elaborating on the point.

Murph then quickly backpedals to promote his religion once again:

“Prophecy, which is history written in advance, is one of God’s ways of proving that He exists.  For example, the fact that God twenty-five hundred years ago revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that there would be only four world empires until ‘the time of the end’ is a miracle in and of itself.

“For, as all students of history know, there have been only four world empires since the days of the Babylonian empire.”

Well…maybe not.  Especially since there happen to be conflicting interpretations, even among Christians, of which four kingdoms God meant.  LaHaye’s view is a common one, but another claims that the four empires are Babylon, Media, Persia, and Greece.

So much for one literal interpretation of the Bible.

Then, Murphy invites students to his office hours.  Not to discuss archeology, mind you, but so he can tell them all about why “there are more Biblical reasons to believe that Christ will return to set up His Kingdom in our lifetime than in any generation before us.” 

And then, and then, Murph actually does something nice, and were it not for all of the preaching and bullshitting that preceded it, it would earn this chapter a place in Actually Not That Bad.  He says…

“…I’ve called in a much smarter scientist than myself to try to interpret the next clues for me…”

Isis!  He’s actually giving credit to Isis!

Well.  I certainly didn’t see that plot twist coming.

Then Murph rambles on about King Neb’s personal history.  How he “went mad worshipping himself,” then “recovered from being crazy,” (It’s Just That Simple!) decided to worship Daniel’s God, and destroyed both the statue of himself and the Brazen Serpent.  All so the evil high priest could put a secret code onto the piece of the Brazen serpent, all so Murphy can “use the Serpent to find and dig up the Golden Head of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar.”

Wow.  Murphy is getting way ahead of himself.  He doesn’t even have the whole Serpent yet, or know where to look for the rest of it.  And he’s already planning to find the golden head?  No wonder he doesn’t have any time to actually teach archeology.


Posted on May 19, 2010, in Babylon Rising, Books. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’ve started writing this five times now, and…I just…I’m still in awe.

    Murphy’s read the author’s notes and knows what’s coming next. How many pages until he turns and addresses the reader directly?

    The preaching in class is just par for the course at this point.

  2. “For example, the fact that God twenty-five hundred years ago revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that there would be only four world empires until ‘the time of the end’ is a miracle in and of itself.”

    HRE, Japan, 3rd Reich, Ottoman, American, British, China… Yep only 4! [snerk!]

  3. VLTTP, but I have to think how disappointed Moses would’ve been to find out that Pharoah’s Egypt didn’t qualify as an Empire. Guess God had to send all those plagues and part the Red Sea just to get his chosen people away from a mere KING.

  4. Yeah, tanned is good because it means you’re an outdoorsy Real American rather than one of those coastal office worker types. (But if you achieve this skin colour through heredity rather than via excessive exposure to sun that’s a Whole Different Story.)

    Meta-Isis: “If we could translate one of these prophecies into an actual detailed prediction BEFORE the event it’s referring to happens, rather than saying afterwards ‘oh that’s obviously what those few words refer referring to you stupid heathen’, then we might, y’know, actually convince people who use logic.”

    Meta-Murphy: “Silly Isis, ranting during lectures works so much better, and the converts we get that way don’t ask awkward questions like ‘what did you do with all the money we gave you’.”

  5. Four “world” empires – that exclude the largest empires of all the British (largest), Russian (2nd largest circa 1860’s) and, arguably, the Soviet and American “empires” of Cold War times? Plus the Mongolian land empire which was the largest contiguous land empire?

    Nope – Babylon, Media, Persia, (all covering a fair chunk of SW Asia and .. Greece? Which is, y’know a modern nation state consisting of most of a peninsula in Europe plus some islands in the Aegan sea. Okay a lot of the islands in the Aegan sea I’ll grant you but still.

    I guess they mean the Alexandrian empire created by the eponymous Great Macedonian king who became an Achaemenaed emperor who expanded his empire from Egypt to India? I guess “Greek” sorta covers it and the ancient Greeks were pretty awesome but really how about the Incans who ruled a huge strip of South America or the Mayans and Aztecs or the Romans even … Or Ottomans, Abbasids, Safavids, Byzantines, etc ..

    Hmm .. (Clicks on the Empires wikipedia page) Looks like the Han empire in China compared favourably land wise with the Roman empire at least in some of its numerous incarnations, the Maurya empire also got pretty big; there were the Songhai and Mali empires in Africa and .. um, well, do you think Lahaye /Murphy might’ve thought a bit more about that list and maybe thought twice about claiming it as evidence actually supporting his “prophecies” before claiming otherwise?

    PS. Ruby Tea : Thankyou. Late reader here but am loving your work here.

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