Archaeology and the Bible
There are many recent discoveries that provide archaeological support of the Biblical account. Here are a few of the more significant discoveries...
1843 - The existence of the biblical character Sargon, King of Assyria (Isaiah 20:1), was confirmed independently of the Bible, when his name was identified on a cuneiform tablet found at Khorsabad, Iraq.
1846 - The name of the great king and builder of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, noted by Daniel in the Bible, was found on clay bricks from Mesopotamia.
1850 - The name of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser (2 Kings, 17:13) was found on the Black Obelisk excavated at Kuyunjik and Nebi Yunus (the biblical town of Nineveh). The name of Jehu, king of Israel (2 Kings 9:20) was also found.
1851 - The names Hezekiah, Jerusalem and Judah were found on a stone statue. The inscription included the story of Sennacherib's conquest of Judah (2 Kings 18).
1852 - The name of Manahem (2 Kings 5:19-20) was identified on slabs found at Nimrud.
1853 - Nearly 55 rulers, cities and countries mentioned in the Bible were identified on the recently discovered Assyrian texts.
1854 - The prayer for King Nabonidus and his son, Belshazzar, was found inscribed on a clay cylinder found at the ancient city of Ur. Subsequent documents support the book of Daniel's references to Belshazzar's rule in Babylon.
1975 - The name of the scribe Baruch, Jeremiah's friend (Jeremiah 36), was found on a clay bulla containing Baruch's seal.
1993 - The biblical name of David is first found outside of the Bible during excavations at Tel Dan in northern Israel.
2009 - The seal of King Hezekiah, the ruler of Judah in the late eighth century BCE, was found at an excavation site in the southern Jerusalem hills.