Artifact of the Month: Babylonian Chronicles

(Posted by Michael J. Caba)

This ancient Babylonian tablet is part of the Babylonian Chronicles, which, among other events, mention the capture of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 597 BC. The event is also recorded in the Bible in 2 Kings 24. The tablet was written in the 6th century BC and is made of baked clay. It is a little over three inches in height and the writing is in the Akkadian language using cuneiform script. It was discovered in the late 1800s in Babylon and is now located in the British Museum.

For those interested in Biblical studies, this Chronicle, which is also known as the “Jerusalem Chronicle,” covers the time frame of 605–595 BC and provides the specific date of the first capture of Jerusalem in 597 BC as recorded in 2 Kings 24.

For information on similar artifacts related to the Bible, see Bible and Archaeology – Online Museum.

(Photo: BiblePlaces.com. Significant resource for further study: Lost Treasures of the Bible, by Fant and Reddish, pages 208–11.)

Personal Note: Other duties call, so this will be the last post for a while in the “Artifact of the Month” category. Todd, thanks for this opportunity. MC


2 thoughts on “Artifact of the Month: Babylonian Chronicles

  1. I agree and will sorely miss your contributions…in fact, I wish it had been a weekly post, I loved it!

    God bless you in your pursuit of other activities.

    M. Howard Kehr

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