Thursday, July 12, 2007

Biblical character mentioned on newly deciphered tablet

The Book of Jeremiah mentions an important Babylonian official named Nebo-sarsekim, who, together with Nebuchadnezzar, was present at the seige of Jerusqlem in 587 BCE. Now, an Austrian Assyriologist, Dr Michael Jursa, has discovered a reference to that very individual on a previously undeciphered cuneiform tablet in the British museum, which apparently has a vast horde of undeciphered Babylonian tablets. The tablet dates the reference to year 10 in the reign of Nebuchannezzar, which would be about 595 BCE. An article about the find can be read here.

For an interesting commentary on this find, check out Chris Heard's note at Higgaion.

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