Versión en Español


Alleged Discrepancies

Article Reprints

Audio Resources

Bible Bullets

Darwin Day Debate

Decisive Designs


“In the News”

Reason & Revelation

Research Articles

Scripturally Speaking

Sensible Science


Discovery for Kids

Examine the Evidence

Home Study Courses



A.P. Information

About AP

Contact AP

Copyright Statement

Help AP

Privacy Statement

Speaking Schedules

A.P. Scientists and
Auxiliary Writers

Usage Guidelines

Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
November 1996 - 16[11]:84

Idolatry and the Fall of Babylon
by Wayne Jackson, M.A.
Printer version | Email this article

The prophet Isaiah gave a blistering rebuke regarding Babylon, a nation consumed with idols (Isaiah 46). Similarly, Jeremiah declared: “A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of idols, And they are made over fearsome idols” (Jeremiah 50:38).

Nebuchadnezzar became king of Babylon in 605 B.C., and reigned for forty-three years. Unlike the Assyrian rulers who preceded him, Nebuchadnezzar did not leave extended accounts of his military accomplishments. Rather, most of his records involved his contributions to the religious climate of his country. He rebuilt a number of temples, including one to the god Marduk (known as “Bel” in the Scriptures—Isaiah 46:1; Jeremiah 50:2; 51:44). Marduk may have been the god that was honored by the erection of the great golden statue, some nine stories high (as recorded in Daniel 3:1) before which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow.

The city of Babylon was filled with idolatry. An ancient inscription reads: “Altogether there are in Babylon 53 temples of the chief gods, 55 chapels of Marduk, 300 chapels of earthly deities, 600 for the heavenly deities, 180 altars for the goddess Ishtar, 180 for the gods Nergal and Adad and 12 other altars for different gods” (Keller, 1956, p. 338). Little wonder the Creator determined that this city would fall.


Keller, Werner (1956), The Bible As History (New York: Bantam).

Copyright © 1996 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, in whole or in part, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web site engine code is Copyright © 2003 by PHP-Nuke. All Rights Reserved. PHP-Nuke is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.
Page Generation: 0.111 Seconds