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Flo Davila
Flo Davila • 1 year ago

ca. 827 BCE - Jehu King of Israel giving tribute to King Shalmaneser III of Assyria, on the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III from Nimrud. BM

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The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, showing Jehu (king of Israel) paying tribute to the Assyrian king.

Black Obelisk,of Shalmaneser III at the Assyrian capital Kalhu,Ninrud, Iraq ca 827 BC (2 Kings 18:9)

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III. - Shalmaneser ruled ancient Assyria around 850 BC. One of the carved images reveals Jehu, the king of Israel bowing before the powerful monarch with his face to the ground. It is the same Jehu that is mentioned in the Bible.

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Another kingly stele boasting of conflict with the House of David is the Moabite Stone from about 860 BC. The Moabite Stone contains 36 lines of Phoenician script which relate to the rebellion of King Mesha of Moab against King Jehoram of Israel and King Jehosaphat of Judah. This battle is recounted in the Old Testament 2-Kings 3:5-27

Mesha Stele - Chemosh was the god of the Moabites. According to the Hebrew Bible, the worship of this god, "the abomination of Moab," was introduced at Jerusalem by Solomon (1 Kings 11:7), but was abolished by Josiah (2 Kings 23:13). (The Talmud quoted by Rashi says that his wives built the temples and he is considered responsible for not stopping them.) On the Moabite stone, Mesha (2 Kings 3:5) ascribed his victories over the king of Israel to this god, "And Chemosh drove him before my sight."

7th C. BC. Phoenician funerary stele, These semitic peoples lived in 'Sidon' along the coast of Lebanon and N. Israel at this time. King David and Solomon recognized the sidonians' superior maritime skill. Political, diplomatic and commercial ties with Hiram King of Tyre led to the marriage of Ahab, King of Israel, to Jezebel, daughter of Ethba'al, King of Sidon. Sandstone depicts the 'Sign of Tanit' Inscribed 'Stele of Milk son of Ashtartga. Hecht Museum Israel.

The Meesha Stele (846 BC) Popularly known as the Moabite Stone, it records the revolt of Meesha, King of Moab, against Israel. This incredible stele mentions Omri, King of Israel, and David of the United Monarchy. It even refers to Yahweh, the unique name of the God of Israel! Together with the testimony from the Tel Dan Stele, we have a powerful external witness that the Bible records the true history of the kings of Israel and their interactions with foreign kings.

Red Sea Pillar, in Hebrew it says "This monument is erected by King Solomon, king of Israel, in honor of Yahweh in commemoration of the crossing of the Red Sea."