Saturday, July 14, 2007

Nebo-Sarsekim

Interesting bit in the news this week. I don't think this was reported in America.
Museum’s tablet lends new weight to Biblical truth

The British Museum yesterday hailed a discovery within a modest clay tablet in its collection as a breakthrough for biblical archaeology – dramatic proof of the accuracy of the Old Testament.

The cuneiform inscription in a tablet dating from 595BC has been deciphered for the first time – revealing a reference to an official at the court of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, that proves the historical existence of a figure mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah.

This is rare evidence in a nonbiblical source of a real person, other than kings, featured in the Bible.

The tablet names a Babylonian officer called Nebo-Sarsekim, who according to Jeremiah xxxix was present in 587BC when Nebuchadnezzar “marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it”.

Read the rest of the story here.

Gotta love this quote in particular:
On hearing of the discovery yesterday, Geza Vermes, the eminent emeritus professor of Jewish studies at the University of Oxford, said that such a discovery revealed that “the Biblical story is not altogether invented”.

"Not altogether invented"? Where is the evidence that the Bible is invented at all? It seems like an awful lot of these kinds of critical statements are built on a "lack of evidence" approach as opposed to being a response to the evidence that does exist. As the evidence for the historical reliability of the Bible continues to mount, there seems to be less room for scholarly ideas about the Bible being "invented."

2 comments:

havoc said...

"I love it when [history] comes together."

Child of God said...

I agree completely.