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Friday, January 14, 2011

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

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On this day in 588BC the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II started his siege of Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar can perhaps lay claim to being the world leader to witness the most paranormal events in his lifetime, if legends told about him by both his own people and the exiled Jews are true. Among the tales told of Nebuchadnezzar are: he witnessed 3 Hebrews being saved from being burned alive in his furnace by ‘a son of the gods’, the Jewish prophet Daniel emerging unscathed from a den of hungry lions, a disembodied hand writing on a wall, two prophetic dreams and a seven-year bout of clinical lycanthropy. The lycanthropy legend is backed up by a clay tablet from Babylon in the British Museum (which first opened on this day in 1759, as coincidence would have it) but some modern scholars interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s madness as being related to porphyria or syphilis.

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