Nebuchadnezzar – VIII. Film.

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The silent two-reel Daniel (dir. Fred Thomson, 1913,US), features Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the worshipping of a monstrous golden image, an account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego surviving a fiery furnace (with a phantom-like fourth person; see Dan 3:19–30),and finally Nebuchadnezzar’s praising of the Israelites’ God.The low-budget Slaves of Babylon (dir. William Castle, 1953, US) begins with a close-up of a Bible being opened to the book of Daniel and the narrator describing how King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, and then transported the enslaved Israelites to Babylon to build his hanging gardens and the temple of Bel Marduk. The Israelites (wearing pronounced Star of David symbols) defy worshipping the pagan idol for “fifty years” before the aging Nebuchadnezzar (not Darius – Dan 6:1) decrees exclusive worship of Bel Marduk for “thirty days”(Dan 6:7).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Bible and its reception. Volume 20: Mouse, Mice – Nefesh
EditorsConstance M. Furey, Peter Gemeinhardt, Joel Marcus LeMon, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783110313376
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • King Nebuchadnezzar
  • Babylon
  • Christian television
  • Christian films
  • idol worship
  • Biblical epic
  • Bible stories


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