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Biblical Evidence in the British Museum.

What kind of evidence proves the historical narrative of the Bible that you can see in the British Museum? Below is a photo from room 6, which is part of the Assyrian collection. Shalmaneser III is the Assyrian King who ruled from 859-824BC, the Stele describes the Battle of Qarqar, and mentions Ahab, King of Israel. The Black Obelisk in the foreground was commissioned by Shalmaneser III and depicts tributes being made to him. King Jehu is shown bowing to Shalmaneser III which is the earliest depiction of an Israelite King ever found. King Jehu executed King Ahab’s entire family, including his wife Jezebel, fulfilling a prophecy of Elijah (1 Kings 21:17-24) and biblically linking the two artefacts. Tiglath-pileser III is shown in the relief in the background, he was the Assyrian King in 732-723BC and is mentioned in Kings and Chronicles in the Bible.


King Jehu is mentioned on another very important Stele on display in the Israel museum, the Tel Dan Stele also mentions the ‘House of David’, the earliest reference to the Davidic dynasty outside of the Bible.



I took the above photo in the Israel museum and filmed Joel Kramer describing the Stele at Tel Dan where it was found, you can see the video on the tour. So just using three artefacts we can corroborate:

Kings of Assyria,

biblical Kings of Israel and Judah,

the Prophets Elijah, Elisha and Obadiah,

as well as the events written about in 2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, 1&2 Samuel and the Psalms.



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