Beside Babylon's wall and gate, Daniel was also familiar with Nebuchadnezzar's palace. According to Nebuchadnezzar, he built his palace over his father's. He strengthened the foundation and rebuilt the walls with burnt brick. The roof was cedar and he covered the cedar doors with copper. Bronze, silver, gold and precious stones decked out the rest of the structure. It must have been quite a sight.
Daniel must have been familiar with the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way. He never mentions them, but they were magnificent constructions meant to awe every visitor to the city.
Sep 16, 2020
It took almost seventy years and a French Assyriologist to understand the cuneiform tablets were ingredients for soup recipes and not pharmecutical tablets. Thank you, Jean Bottéro. If you are studying ancient Babylon or planning a Bible study and need the flavors of Babylon to make the accounts of Daniel and Necuchadnezzar come alive, here are two recipes, one for Babylonian stew and one for Tah'u Stew. Image by Calum Lewis courtesy of Unsplash