Archeological Support For The Old Testament


The Taylor Prism


The excavations at the biblical city of Nineveh have given archaeologists a great wealth of findings. From 705 to 681 BC Sennacherib and Assyria from Ninneveh and housed his great library there. The library included up to 100,000 texts including what became known as Taylor Prisim. This prism is a 6 sided clay cylinder with an inscription detailling Sennacherib's siege of Jerusalem. It also mentions Hazekiah as being "Like a caged bird within his royal capital" 2 Kings 18-19 2 Chronicles 32, and Isaiah 36-37 are all corroborated by the Taylor Prism. The Taylor Prism currently resides in the British Museum.

The Cyrus Cylinder


The 6th Century clay cylinder found in the 19th century bears an concerning Cyrus The Persian. After taking control of Babylon in 539 BC, he issued a decree allowing Babylonian captives to return to their homes and to worship their own gods. This decree corresponds to an account regarding Cyrus in Ezra 1:1-3; 6:3 (Cp. 2 Ch 36:23; Is 44:28). In can be seen in the British Museum.



Also found in the Library of Nineveh was a set of 12 tablets containing an epic poem about a king named Gilgamesh.  Tablet XI was the first that contained a non-biblical account for what is known in the old testament as the flood for which Noah built the arc. Gilgamesh is noted as the 5th king after the great flood. Though the stories do not totally agree, there is much simalarity to them. Many ancient finds since then also tell this story or something very close to it. This likely indicates the actuality of a great flood, though the details of the flood vary from culture to culture.

The Moabite Stone:


In 1968, a stone was discovered in Palestine that contained an inscription in ancient maobite. Not only does the inscription mention Mesha; the Moabite King who rebelled against the Israelite rule in 2 Kings 3, but it also mentions the name "Yahweh". The Moabite Stone is housed in the Louvre.

More about the Moabite Stone here -->  http://www.bible-history.com/resource/ff_mesha.htm

These corroborations seem to indicate that Bible writers were documenting actual history.