Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #18
- It’s such a joy for me to host Mesu Andrews, a woman with a heart as big as her stories—and her stories are BIG! In her latest novel, Of Fire and Lions, Mesu takes the well-known story of Daniel, including the 70-year exile of the Jews to Babylon and Daniel’s time in the lion’s den, and imagines it through the eyes of his lifelong love, Belili. Doesn’t that sound fascinating? Mesu is sharing some amazing research from her novel!
7 Wonders of Daniel’s World
When I started researching Of Fire and Lions, I was so excited to learn more about the favorite childhood stories of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Little did I know that the historical wonders of Daniel’s world would be almost as amazing as God’s miracles! The phrase Seven Wonders of the World was first coined by Philo of Byzantium in 225 A.D.. Daniel and his friends witnessed one of those wonders and so much more.
Many believe King Nebuchadnezzar built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for his wife, Amyitis, who was homesick for her lovely Zagros Mountains.
The six “wonders” below didn’t make the official ancient list, but I found them equally wonder-full.
Nebuchadnezzar restored the Tower of Babel and called it the Etemenanki. Some believed it was the only place on earth where a rope could stretch from earth to heaven (didn’t work out so well for the folks in Genesis 11).
The Ishtar Gate was the mammoth entrance to Babylon, nearly fifty feet high and wide enough to turn a chariot around atop it.
Daniel 4:33 describes Nebuchadnezzar’s transformation into a beast. Did you know Boanthropy is the current-day medical term for this condition?
Cyrus the Great—the king who ultimately conquered the Medes and Babylonians—may have been Nebuchadnezzar’s nephew—by marriage (his wife’s sister’s son). Gotta watch those in-laws!
The “fiery furnace” in Daniel 3:19-23 was likely fashioned similar to 19th-century lime kilns. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego literally fell into it.
Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Daniel 3:1 is built in 10:1 ratio (90 ft x 9 ft) just like the Washington Monument (555.5 ft x 55.5 ft).
I hope you’re as amazed by the wonders as I was!
MESU ANDREWS is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter whose deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren. Please visit Mesu’s website or visit her on Facebook or Twitter.