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The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, showing Jehu (king of Israel) paying tribute to the Assyrian king.
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.
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
The graphic below illustrates the rulers of Israel, the years of their reign, how well they reigned and the passages in the Bible where their stories are told. The graphic also forms a subtle cross which is a picture of the earthy kingdom foreshadowing the coming King. Kings-of-Israel-web-682x1024.png (682×1024)
7th C. BCE. 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.
King David - the 2nd King of Israel. As the slayer of the giant Goliath in his youth, he was sought by King Saul as a warrior. Eventually David became king, who ruled justly. According to Jewish tradition, the Messiah would be a descendant of David. According to Christian tradition, Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled this prophecy as outlined in the Books of Matthew & Luke.
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." APOSTOLIC / PENTECOSTAL /CHRISTIAN