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The name means “Bel protect the king.” He was the last king of Babylon when the city and empire fell to the Medo-Persian Empire in 539 bc.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BELSHAZZAR (PERSON) [Aram bēlšaʾṣar (בֵּלְשַׁאְצַר); Akk Bēl-šarra-uṣur]. Son of Nabonidus (556–539 b.c.), the last king of Babylonia prior to the Persian conquest, Belshazzar ruled as co-regent for at least three years while his father was in Arabia. This arrangement in itself is important, since
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Belshazzar. Babylonian king who was coregent with Nabonidus in the final days of the Babylonian empire. His name means “Bel protect the king.” Daniel identifies him as the son of Nebuchadnezzar (Dn 5:2, 11, 13, 18), though in fact he was the natural son of Nabunaid (Nabonidus). The seeming discrepancy
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BELSHAZZAR Babylonian king who was co-regent with Nabonidus in the final days of the Babylonian Empire. His name means “Bel protect the king.” Daniel identifies him as the son of Nebuchadnezzar (Dn 5:2, 11, 13, 18), though in fact he was the natural son of Nabunaid (Nabonidus). The seeming discrepancy
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Belshazzar (bel-shaz´uhr; Neo-Babylonian bel-shar-utsur, “Bel protect the king”), the ruler of Babylon in the book of Daniel. He gives a drunken feast at which he, along with his lords, wives, and concubines, drank from the gold and silver vessels taken from the temple in Jerusalem, praising the gods
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BELSHAZZAR. The ruler in Babylon who was killed when the city was captured in October, 539 b.c. His name (Babylonian Bel-shar-uṣur) means “May Bel protect the king.” The LXX and Theodotion in his Gr. version called him Baltasar. Although he is mentioned in Dan 5:2, 11, 13, 18 as having Nebuchadnezzar
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BELSHAZZAR. The ruler of Babylon who was killed at the time of its capture in 539 bc (Dn. 5). Bēl-šar-uṣur (‘Bel has protected the king[ship]’) is named in Babylonian documents by his father Nabonidus, king of Babylon in 556–539 bc. Other texts give details of Belshazzar’s administration and religious
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Belshazzar (Heb. bēlšaʾṣṣar; Akk. bēl-šar-uṣur)The ruler of Babylon during the time of Daniel. According to the Bible, he was killed when the city was captured by the Medes and Persians in 539 b.c. (Dan. 5:30).Belshazzar ruled in place of his father Nabonidus (556–539), who was in Arabia for
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BELSHAZZAR (Akkadian, “Bel protect the king”) The vice-regent of Babylon before the Persian conquest of the Babylonian Empire in 539 b.c. (Dan 5:1; 8:1). From historical records we know that his father, Nabonidus, was the king, but when he went on an extended campaign in Arabia he left Belshazzar in
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Belshaz´zar (prince of Bel), the last king of Babylon. In Dan. 5:2 Nebuchadnezzar is called the father of Belshazzar. This, of course, need only mean grandfather or ancestor. According to the well-known narrative, Belshazzar gave a splendid feast in his palace during the siege of Babylon (b.c. 538),