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The Babylonian Chronicles (747–247 BC) are many series of tablets recording major events in Babylonian history. They record the dealing of Nebuchadnezzar's siege of Jerusalem and the captivity of Israel to Babylon. As written in the Bible in the Book of Kings, Book of Jeremiah and Lamentations. Almost all of the tablets are currently in the possession of the British Museum.

The Isaiah Scroll, one of many found amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls are significant because they are the oldest copy of parts of the Bible in existence. The Qumran scrolls date approximately from 250 B.C. to 65 A.D. This means that the Dead Sea Scrolls provide us with text of Biblical copies more than 1000 years earlier than any other copy in known existence. Miraculously, when compared to the modern translation of the Bible the meaning is 99% accurate.

Taylor prism on display at the British Museum. Describes the Assyrian king Sennacherib's siege of Jerusalem in 701 BC during the reign of King Hezekiah, which is recorded by Herodotus and the Bible in Isaiah chapters 33 and 36; 2 Kings 18:17; 2 Chronicles 32:9. Photo by David Castor.

Nabonidus Chronicle is an ancient Babylonian text, part of a larger series of Babylonian Chronicles inscribed in cuneiform script on clay tablets. It deals primarily with the reign of Nabonidus, the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, covers the conquest of Babylon by the Persian king Cyrus the Great, and ends with the start of the reign of Cyrus's son Cambyses, spanning a period from 556 BC to some time after 539 BC.

WOOD FROM NOAH'S ARK? Researchers standing with a large piece of pitch covered petrified wood believed to be part of Noah's Ark. In Turkey, there is a site believed to be the final resting place of the Ark. Underground Scans have revealed a man made structure which lies at the bottom of Mt. Ararat. The scans detected iron rivets evenly spaced below the ground. When measured, the length of the ship MATCHES the description given in the Bible! Side to side, and front to back.

This limestone monument, known as the Kurkh Monolith, is apporximately seven feet high and is now located in the British Museum. Discovered in 1862 in Kurkh, Turkey, it was originally carved in c. 850 BC by the Assyrians. The cuneiform text refers to a battle involving King Ahab of Israel, who is also frequently referred to in the Bible (cf. 1Kings).

Of significance to Biblical studies is a short section at the end of the poem in the Merneptah Stela describing a campaign to Canaan by Merneptah in the first few years of his reign. One line mentions Israel: “Israel is laid waste, its seed is not.” Here we have the earliest mention of Israel outside the Bible and the only mention of Israel in Egyptian records. - This puts Israel as a nation right after the conquest of Canaan by Joshua (1406 BC).

This ceramic cylinder is inscribed in cuneiform script with the name of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II, who is referred to in the Bible more than any other foreign king (e.g. 2 Kings 24:1). The cylinder enumerates his building activities and was made in c. 604-562 BC. The artifact is 8.38 inches long. It is now (2011) located in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on loan from the Yale Babylonian Collection. . Read more at

Papyrus manuscript of the gospel of John from an early copy of the New Testament in Greek. It contains only one leaf with the text of John 6:8-12.17-22. Found in Egypt, dates from around 250 AD and its located at the Palestine Institute Museum Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley California.