Monday, March 01, 2010

Pics from the British Museum

The other week, I had a very interesting look round the British Museum, looking specifically at stuff relevant to the Old Testament. Here are some of the photos.

The chap who is kneeling there is King Jehu of Israel...

Those are some Israelites being deported by the Assyrians.

That's the Cyrus Cylinder, which confirms that Cyrus the Great made the kind of proclamations that Ezra and 2 Chronicles record him as making.

It was a real eye-opener of just how much you have to twist the evidence to take the kind of minimalist position quite a lot of liberal "Biblical history" books take, especially on stuff after about 800BC (which is when Israel as a country started having large-scale dealings with civilisations that have been reasonably well excavated)...

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