Old Testament Evidences

hezekiah

This early Hebrew Inscription once marked the spot of the completion of the tunnel Hezekiah had built on 701 B.C. in anticipation of an Assyrian Invasion. It linked the Gihon Spring with the city of David. (2 Kings 20:20)

 

narmer

Our Narmer Pallette cast. Note the similarity in motif to the old Babylonian cylinder seals.

 

taylor

This beautifully preserved six-sided hexagonal prism of baked clay, commonly known as the Taylor Prism, was discovered among the ruins of Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire. It contains the victories of Sennacherib himself, the Assyrian king who had besieged Jerusalem in 701 BC during the reign of king Hezekiah, it never mentions any defeats. On the prism Sennacherib boasts that he shut up “Hezekiah the Judahite” within Jerusalem his own royal city “like a caged bird.” This prism is among the three accounts discovered so far which have been left by the Assyrian king Sennacherib of his campaign against Israel and Judah. The Taylor Prism discovery remains one of the most important discoveries in Biblical Archaeology. (See 2 Kings 19, 2 Chronicles 32, Isaiah 37)

 

teldanstele

The Tel Dan Stele
“The Tel Dan inscription generated a good deal of debate and a flurry of articles when it first appeared, but it is now widely regarded (a) as genuine and (b) as referring to the Davidic dynasty and the Aramaic kingdom of Damascus.” Lester L. Grabbe, “Ahab Agonistes: The Rise and Fall of the Omri Dynasty”, T&T Clark International, 2007, p.333

Ketef Hinnom Amulets

The silver scroll amulets were discovered by Gabriel Barkay southwest of Jerusalem in 1979. They are the oldest biblical texts discovered and they contain the oldest reference to YHVH—the covenant name of God.

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