Prophecy to Other NationsDaniel 1, Introduction
Daniel 2:1-19, The King has bad dreams.
Daniel 2:24-49, Daniel interprets the dreams.
Daniel 4:1-18, More bad dreams
Daniel 4:19-37, Daniel interprets again and Nebuchadnezzar praises God.
Random Walk in a Gallery of Religious Art, Step 2: Daniel 5:10-25, The Handwriting on the Wall
Obadiah 1:1-10, The Vision of Obadiah.
Obadiah 1:11-21, The Vision of Obadiah, concluded.
Jonah 1:1-3, 3:1-10, 4:1-11, Jonah and the Plant
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Here’s another take on Daniel’s interpretation of the handwriting on the wall. In yesterday’s image, Daniel and the king and queen dominated the scene. Today’s artist, Gustave Doré, has chosen to emphasize the grandeur of the palace and the consternation in the king’s court. The room is several stories high, with galleries, rich carvings, and an overall opulence well-suited to an oriental potentate.
The people in the woodcut are almost an afterthought, and I’m not certain which ones are the king and queen. The courtiers are throwing their hands in the air, clutching at each other, and falling down in faints. This is in line with what we read yesterday in vss. 5-9 about their reaction to the hand. Daniel, of course, is the dark, majestic figure pointing to the writing on the right.
The writing itself is Hebrew, although for some reason it says, “TEKEL and PARSIN MENE, MENE.” The creature in the lower right is a Babylonian cherub. Typically these appeared as colossal statues on each side of a door or city gate, where they had a protective function.
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"The Handwriting on the Wall" by Gustave Doré, from the Thomas Family Bible, currently in the possession of a family member.