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Belshazzar's Feast

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  • Belshazzar's Feast — refers to an event described in the Book of Daniel, in which the Babylonian king Belshazzar profanes the sacred vessels of the enslaved Jews, and, as prophesized by the writing on the wall, is slain, leading to their freedom.There are many… …   Wikipedia

  • Belshazzar’s Feast —    An English oratorio composed by Sir William Walton (1902–1983) on a libretto by Sir Osbert Sitwell drawing from Isaiah 39, Daniel 5, Revelation 18, and Psalms 81 and 137. It premiered at the Leeds Festival in 1931. The score calls for baritone …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • Belshazzar's Feast (Walton) — Belshazzar s Feast is an oratorio by the English composer William Walton. It was first performed at the Leeds Festival on 8 October 1931. The work has remained one of Walton s most celebrated compositions [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk… …   Wikipedia

  • Belshazzar's Feast (Rembrandt) — King Belshazzar of Babylon held a banquet for a thousand of his nobles. As they drank wine from the sacred vessels of Solomon s Temple, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. Then, out of nowhere, a man s hand… …   Wikipedia

  • Belshazzar — (or Balthazar ; Akkadian Bel sarra usur ) was a prince of Babylon, the son of Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon according to the Book of Daniel. In the Book of Daniel (chapters 5 and 8) of the Jewish Tanakh or Christian Old Testament,… …   Wikipedia

  • BELSHAZZAR — (Heb. בֵּלְשַׁאצַּר, בֵּלְאשַׁצַּר; the Akkadian name Bel šar uṣur, O Bel, guard the king ; LXX, Βαλτασάρ), son of nebuchadnezzar and the last king of Babylon, according to the Book of Daniel. The biblical account (Dan. 5) relates that Belshazzar …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Feast — (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[^e]te}.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feast day — Feast Feast (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[^e]te}.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Belshazzar — /bel shaz euhr/, n. a prince of Babylon, son of Nabonidus and co regent with him, referred to in the Bible as a king of Babylon and son of Nebuchadnezzar. Dan. 5. [ < Heb Belshassar < Akkadian Bel shar usur may Bel guard the king] * * * died с… …   Universalium

  • Belshazzar —    Bel protect the king!, the last of the kings of Babylon (Dan. 5:1). He was the son of Nabonidus by Nitocris, who was the daughter of Nebuchadnezzar and the widow of Nergal sharezer. When still young he made a great feast to a thousand of his… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Belshazzar — Incorrectly asserted in Dan. 5:2 to be the son of Nebuchadnezzar and last king of Babylon. Cuneiform [[➝ cuneiform]] inscriptions found at Ur, however, show that he was the son of Nabonidus of Babylon (556–539 BCE) and that he ruled as regent… …   Dictionary of the Bible


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