Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Old Seal Impression Supports the Historical Reliability of the Book of Jeremiah

 


Visitors: 176

The Old Testament book of Jeremiah mentions Gedaliah, son of Pashur, who served as a minister during king Zedekiah's reign (597- 586 BC). Zedekiah was the last king of Judah before the Babylonian captivity.

Recently, a piece of clay bearing a seal impression with the name Gedalyahu ben Pashur (Gedaliah, son of Pashur) was found in Jerusalem. The bulla, as the seal impression is called, supports the historical reliability of the book of Jeremiah. Professor Eilat Mazar, who led the excavations at the southern side of the Temple Mount, reported the find to the Jerusalem Post.

Three years ago professor Mazar's team found a seal impression with the name Jehucal son of Shelemiah (Yehukual ben Shelemyahu) in the same area. Jehucal was also a minister during the reign of king Zedekiah. The 38th chapter of Jeremiah states that these two men persuaded the king to put Jeremiah to death since he had predicted that the Babylonians would conquer Jerusalem.

However, Zedekiah had Jeremiah thrown into a cistern instead. The “wailing prophet" was eventually rescued.

Jeremiah's prophecy was fulfilled in 587 BC when Nebuchadnezzar's troops took the city, bringing an end to Judah's independence.

Mazar's excavation team has previously unearthed a part of the city wall built by Nehemiah during the post-captivity era.

In 2007, assyriologist Michael Jursa found a clay tablet in the British Museum that dated from the tenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar's reign (595 BC). The Assyrian tablet mentions that a chief officer called Nebo-Sarsekim brought gold to the temple. This is an interesting detail since Jeremiah 39:3 also speaks about an officer called Nebo-Sarsekim.

Once again archaeology supports the historical reliability of the Bible. Instead of being full of myths, the book of Jeremiah, like the entire Bible, describes real people who were part of real, verifiable history.

Joel Kontinen is a translator and novelist currently living in Finland. His background includes an MA in translation studies and a BA in Bible and Theology. He likes to keep up-to-date on science news and often comments on creation/evolution and origins issues.

http://joelkontinen.blogspot.com/

(363)

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
Seal Oil Benefits
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

Shifting the Historical Paradigm through E-book Sales

by: Shannon Suetos (August 13, 2010) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Language)

The End of the Historical Critical Method, A Book Review

by: Oliver Harding (August 02, 2008) 
(Book Reviews/Spirituality Religion)

Seal Oil Omega 3: Learn about Seal Oil Omega 3 Supplements and How to Choose ..

by: Jean Helmet (June 04, 2007) 
(Health and Fitness)

How to Make a Great First Impression Around Women Make a HEART POUNDING ..

by: Pushpa Pal Singh (September 26, 2008) 
(Relationships/Dating)

Prophet Jeremiah Speaks Again

by: Dorothy K Daigle (March 19, 2008) 
(Self Improvement/Spirituality)

For In These I Delight Says The LORD Jeremiah 9:23-24

by: Matthew Robert Payne (January 30, 2007) 
(News)

The calling of Jeremiah, Jeremiah1:4, 1:9-10, 1:17-19

by: Matthew Robert Payne (January 30, 2007) 
(News)

The Sabbath - Jeremiah and Ezekiel Speak

by: Bob Faulkner (March 19, 2008) 
(News/Religion)

Seal Up the Word

by: Anthony Smith (June 26, 2008) 
(News/Religion)

Seal Oil Benefits

by: Mandy Fain (April 16, 2007) 
(Health and Fitness)