King Nebuchadnezzar is the proud, Chaldean warrior king of Babylon. Like his father, he was a conqueror, but also a man of ingenuity and wit. Part of the strength of his characterization here is we see a king who not only can rule a kingdom with an iron fist, but who reveals himself to be a thoughtful king, who wants to do right while he retains his might. Nebuchadnezzar does not succumb to the beguiling and sycophantic priesthood, but shows loyalty to those whom have shown him a true strength of character. His personality is nuanced and multi-dimensional. We see him spar with the priests in witty repartee as he admonishes them for their political underhandedness and their disingenuous piety to false gods. We see a proud king who venerates his father’s legacy, a macho king who hunts lions, but we also see a king who can listen to a mere boy’s ideas on how to improve his position as ruler of the land by bringing prosperity to regions well beyond his great city.