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.