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The Pride of Babylon: The Story of Nebuchadnezzar Paperback – August 1, 2001
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Warren Way tells a nice story of the legendary Nabachudnezzar II. From a historical point of view these were exciting times: the rise of the Babylonian Empire, the end of the Assyrian Empire; the last vestiges of the Egyptian Empire; and the fall of Jerusalem. We meet historical figures such as Daniel and Jeremiah. We learn of troubling dreams the king would have throughout the early part of his life; dreams that would ultimately convert him to accept God into his life.
Throughout this historical account of Nabachudnezzar II we constantly see themes of birth and death throughout the novel. The young prince's birth coincided with the death of his mother. The benevolence of his father's rule would be replaced by bitterness and jealousy; and ultimately, with his murder. Empires would rise and fall throughout the telling of the story and the dream of Jerusalem came to an end. Babylonia rose to prominence during the great king's life. He created the legendary hanging gardens. Then the Persians destroyed the empire.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this period of history. The book was a fast read and the characters and events are nicely played out.