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hillsbororiver

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Tiny tablet provides proof for Old Testament
« on: December 02, 2007, 01:53:44 PM »

 
Tiny tablet provides proof for Old Testament
By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent

The pictures can be seen here;

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/11/ntablet111.xml

The sound of unbridled joy seldom breaks the quiet of the British Museum's great Arched Room, which holds its collection of 130,000 Assyrian cuneiform tablets, dating back 5,000 years.

   
This fragment is a receipt for payment made by a figure in the Old Testament

 
But Michael Jursa, a visiting professor from Vienna, let out such a cry last Thursday. He had made what has been called the most important find in Biblical archaeology for 100 years, a discovery that supports the view that the historical books of the Old Testament are based on fact.

Searching for Babylonian financial accounts among the tablets, Prof Jursa suddenly came across a name he half remembered - Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, described there in a hand 2,500 years old, as "the chief eunuch" of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon.

Prof Jursa, an Assyriologist, checked the Old Testament and there in chapter 39 of the Book of Jeremiah, he found, spelled differently, the same name - Nebo-Sarsekim.

Nebo-Sarsekim, according to Jeremiah, was Nebuchadnezzar II's "chief officer" and was with him at the siege of Jerusalem in 587 BC, when the Babylonians overran the city.

advertisementThe small tablet, the size of "a packet of 10 cigarettes" according to Irving Finkel, a British Museum expert, is a bill of receipt acknowledging Nabu-sharrussu-ukin's payment of 0.75 kg of gold to a temple in Babylon.

The tablet is dated to the 10th year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, 595BC, 12 years before the siege of Jerusalem.

Evidence from non-Biblical sources of people named in the Bible is not unknown, but Nabu-sharrussu-ukin would have been a relatively insignificant figure.

"This is a fantastic discovery, a world-class find," Dr Finkel said yesterday. "If Nebo-Sarsekim existed, which other lesser figures in the Old Testament existed? A throwaway detail in the Old Testament turns out to be accurate and true. I think that it means that the whole of the narrative [of Jeremiah] takes on a new kind of power."

Cuneiform is the oldest known form of writing and was commonly used in the Middle East between 3,200 BC and the second century AD. It was created by pressing a wedge-shaped instrument, usually a cut reed, into moist clay.

The full translation of the tablet reads: (Regarding) 1.5 minas (0.75 kg) of gold, the property of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, the chief eunuch, which he sent via Arad-Banitu the eunuch to [the temple] Esangila: Arad-Banitu has delivered [it] to Esangila. In the presence of Bel-usat, son of Alpaya, the royal bodyguard, [and of] Nadin, son of Marduk-zer-ibni. Month XI, day 18, year 10 [of] Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

Interesting stuff!

Peace,

Joe


 
 
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iris

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Re: Tiny tablet provides proof for Old Testament
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007, 02:41:53 PM »

Hi Joe,

Thanks for sharing!!!


Peace and Love
Iris
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Deborah-Leigh

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Re: Tiny tablet provides proof for Old Testament
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007, 02:53:02 PM »


WONDERFUL find Joe. Hope it shakes some out of their spiritual stupor and apathy to turn them to repentance. God willing of course. But this kind of discovery supports our HOPE in the Son of God and trust in the Word of God.

God is REAL. His people are REAL TOO! Just goes to show that nothing will be lost and all secrets will be revealed in the light of the Truth.

Peace be to you

Arcturus :)
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jER

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Re: Tiny tablet provides proof for Old Testament
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007, 06:55:48 PM »

This fragment is a receipt for payment made by a figure in the Old Testament:

The full translation of the tablet reads: (Regarding) 1.5 minas (0.75 kg) of gold, the property of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, the chief eunuch, which he sent via Arad-Banitu the eunuch to [the temple] Esangila: Arad-Banitu has delivered [it] to Esangila. In the presence of Bel-usat, son of Alpaya, the royal bodyguard, [and of] Nadin, son of Marduk-zer-ibni. Month XI, day 18, year 10 [of] Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

What can be seen here?

We have Nebuchadnezzar (Nabu-kudurri-usur), in short Nabu/Nebo/Nebu –chadnezzar. Clear as mud? Somewhat like a "picket fence" that is connected, yet with multiple holes. According to past history – Nabu was a Babylonian god, the son of "Marduk," who is the resurrected god called "Tammuz" for which the women wept. See topic thread below for Scriptures referencing Tammuz.
 
The Sun of righteousness? (Malachi 4:2)
on: June 10, 2007 in General Discussions.
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php?action=search2

Since the news reports of this discovery; the "Nabu-sharussu-ukin" tablet. There is a vast amount of online talk regarding it, and of course, how it relates to Jeremiah 39:3.

Well, perhaps, all we have is a tithe receipt, emerging from Babel; a temple gift, or donation. Which may simply confirm the worship of these false gods. Now, that’s a mouthful?

Just thinking out loud, as it crossed my mind…
JER

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