TEC: Chapter 46: Back to Babylon…Again
Once again, Phillips fears you might have forgotten that there’s this whole Biblical archeology thing that the story hangs on. You might well have forgotten, what with the terrorist attacks and pointless murders of innocent librarians.
So once-a-freaking-gain, we head back to Babylon. It’s been ten chapters since we were last here, but in Babylon time, only a few minutes have passed. God wrote on the wall and Daniel was called for in Chapter 36; now, Daniel shows up. King Belshazzar begs him to interpret the writing, and tells him that he’ll give him purple robes and stuff.
Daniel is all like,
“You can keep all your gifts. I am quite satisfied with my woolen robe.”
Sure, dude, you just stand by your principles like that.
There’s nothing here that you can’t find in Chapter 5 of Daniel: you suck, king, you’re going to lose it all, death and destruction, yada yada yada.
And, in both the Bible and this book, the king gives Daniel the fancy robe and the gold chains anyway. And Daniel accepts them. Cause hey, why not?
And of course, THAT VERY NIGHT, Belshazzar is overthrown by Darius. God is always so punctual like that, eh?
Darius, btw, is the guy who will end up throwing Daniel into the lions’ den. So Daniel doesn’t have the best luck ever when it comes to kings.