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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 was made in the 9th century BC in ancient Assyria. It is about 6+ feet in height & is made of fine grained black limestone. The cuneiform text reads "Tribute of Jehu, son of Omri.." Jehu and Omri were Israelite kings who are referred to in the Bible (1&2 Kings). The figure bowing at the top is believed to be Jehu and is the only known representation of a king of Israel or Judah. The obelisk was found in 1846 in Nimrud and is now in the British Museum.

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III was made in the 9th century BC in ancient Assyria. It is about 6 1/2 feet in height and is made of fine grained black limestone. The cuneiform text reads, "Tribute of Jehu, son of Omri...." Both Jehu and Omri were Israelite kings who are referred to in the Bible (cf. 1 & 2 Kings). Details contain an Israelite, possibly Jehu, bowing to the king of Assyria. The obelisk was found in 1846 in Nimrud and is now in the British Museum.

Black obelisk of Shalmaneser III At British Museum

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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