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Real Biblical Era Artifacts That Made Us Say ‘Whoa’

July 28, 2021 2.2k votes 263 voters 7k views12 items

List RulesVote up the most awe-inspiring biblical artifacts.

It's one thing to read about history, but when you can actually lay eyes on artifacts from the ancient world, it's a completely different experience. Seeing the stuff that ancient people worked with, played with, prayed to, or even just liked to look at, draws you back in time. These objects give us a glimpse at civilizations that have long since gone to dust.

Because of its spiritual subject matter, the Bible seems an unlikely guide to tangible, physical artifacts. Yet archaeologists have discovered a number of fascinating historical relics that help place the Bible's events into historic context. Though there are plenty of wild Bible stories that are beyond researchers' purview, inscriptions on monuments, royal decrees, and even ancient reservoirs offer valuable insight into many Biblical stories. 

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    The Ketef Hinnom Scrolls Contain The Earliest Known Writings From The Hebrew Bible

    These silver scrolls, dating to the seventh century BCE, were discovered in a cave near Jerusalem in 1979.

    It took several years and advanced infrared imaging systems to decipher the ancient inscriptions on the corroded metal, but scientists now believe they contain "the earliest known citations of texts also found in the Hebrew Bible and that they provide us with the earliest examples of confessional statements concerning Yahweh."

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    The Pool Of Bethesda May Be The Same Pool Described In The Gospel Of John

    Photo: קבוצת לואיס The Lewis Group / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    The remains of this pool, located in Jerusalem, correspond to the description of the pool where Jesus heals a paralyzed man in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John. 

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    The Statue Of Idrimi Contains The Earliest Reference To Canaan In History

    This bust of King Idrimi is 3,500 years old and is covered in cuneiform inscriptions that detail the life of the monarch. Among these inscriptions is the earliest reference to Canaan in recorded history.

    Canaan is the region where most of the events of the Bible take place, and includes lands that today make up Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

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    A Babylonian Tablet References Nebo-Sarsekim, An Official Mentioned In The Book Of Jeremiah

    Photo: Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    The Nebo-Sarsekim tablet dates to 595 BCE and contains a cuneiform inscription that mentions a gold donation by Babylon's "chief eunuch," Nebo-Sarsekim. 

    Nebo-Sarsekim is mentioned by name in the Old Testament, specifically in the Book of Jeremiah, as an official serving under King Nebuchadnezzar II. Nebuchadnezzar reigned from 605-562 BCE, making it likely that the Biblical Nebo-Sarsekim is the same official mentioned on the tablet.

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