• Modern Archaeology Affirms Again: Biblical Account Got the History Right

    Surge Summary: Modern archaeology confirms the biblical account of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem — a Bible-validating pattern repeated often in that field of study. 

    Many in educationally challenged America might not be familiar with the details of the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem. Michael Foust relays, it transpired more than 2,500 years ago, one of the key moments in biblical history. It was incongruously an expression of God’s judgment and, at the same time, his grace and mercy.

    Currently, fascinatingly,

    archaeologists digging in modern-day Jerusalem say they have uncovered “clear” archaeological evidence affirming the account as described in 2 Kings 25.

    Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte uncovered Babylonian-style arrowheads and layers of ash alongside lamps, potsherds and gold and silver jewelry they believe is either a tassel or earring.

    A UNC Charlotte press release touted the discovery as “clear evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city” dating to 587/586 BC. Not inconsequentially, the pottery and lamps were found side-by-side with evidence of the Babylonian siege “represented by burnt wood and ashes.”

    The items were unearthed at the geographical location the siege would have occurred.

    “For archaeologists, an ashen layer can mean a number of different things,” said UNC Charlotte professor of history Shimon Gibson. “It could be ashy deposits removed from ovens; or it could be localized burning of garbage. However, in this case, the combination of an ashy layer full of artifacts, mixed with arrowheads, and a very special ornament indicates some kind of devastation and destruction. Nobody abandons golden jewelry and nobody has arrowheads in their domestic refuse.”

    The arrowheads were common and “known to be used by the Babylonian warriors,” he said.

    “Together,” Gibson added, “this evidence points to the historical conquest of the city by Babylon because the only major destruction we have in Jerusalem for this period is the conquest of 587/586.”

    The Babylonian incursion took place when Nebuchadnezzar was king of the invading force, some four hundred years following the reigns of the more well-known King David and King Solomon. The people of Judah had rejected Jehovah and were serving false gods. The Babylonians burned the Jewish temple and removed back to Babylon the inhabitants of Jerusalem and surrounding environs; where they remained for seventy years.

    Now, about that “grace and mercy” piece:

    The book of Lamentations records the prophet Jeremiah weeping over the destruction of Jerusalem but looking forward to a time when God would lift his hand of discipline: “The Lord will not cast off forever. … but though he cause grief, yet he will have compassion” (Lamentations 3:31-32). Jeremiah also rejoiced that God did not completely destroy the people of Judah. God was merciful (Lamentations 3:22-23).

    It could be a standing headline: “Archaeology Finding Confirms Trustworthiness of the Bible”. There is, literally, an entire magazine devoted to the topic. The reliability of the Old Testament – and yes, the New Testament — is routinely fortified by the latest “dug-up” corroboration.

    So, if new developments are continually poking us along regarding the Bible’s historic dependability … might it not be judicious to consider its dependability concerning questions of our lives and how to have a faith relationship with God?

    Image: By Francesco Hayez, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15207891

    This piece has been updated. 

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