Skip to comments.Archaeological discovery attests to Babylonian conquest of J'lem
Posted on 08/11/2019 10:38:59 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
For archaeologists, an ashen layer can mean a number of different things, said Shimon Gibson, a UNC Charlotte professor of history and co-director of the project. It could be ashy deposits removed from ovens; or it could be localized burning of garbage. However, in this case, the combination of an ashy layer full of artifacts, mixed with arrowheads, and a very special ornament indicates some kind of devastation and destruction. Nobody abandons golden jewelry and nobody has arrowheads in their domestic refuse.
"The arrowheads are known as 'Scythian arrowheads' and have been found at other archaeological conflict sites from the 7th and 6th centuries BCE. They are known at sites outside of Israel as well. They were fairly commonplace in this period and are known to be used by the Babylonian warriors. Together, this evidence points to the historical conquest of the city by Babylon because the only major destruction we have in Jerusalem for this period is the conquest of 587/586 BCE."
"It's the kind of jumble that you would expect to find in a ruined household following a raid or battle," Gibson said. "Household objects, lamps, broken bits from pottery which had been overturned and shattered... and arrowheads and a piece of jewelry which might have been lost and buried in the destruction."
"Frankly, jewelry is a rare find at conflict sites, because this is exactly the sort of thing that attackers will loot and later melt down."
"I like to think that we are excavating inside one of the 'Great Man's houses' mentioned in the second book of Kings 25:9. This spot would have been at an ideal location, situated as it is close to the western summit of the city with a good view overlooking Solomon's Temple and Mount Moriah to the north-east."
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There was a Scythian garrison at Beth-Shan in northern Israel during the seventh century B.C. Because of it, the Greeks called Beth-Shan “Scythopolis” for a while. At first the Scythians worked for the Assyrians, but in 613 B.C. they switched sides, teaming up with the Babylonians and Medes to burn down Nineveh a year later. Therefore it doesn’t surprise me that the Babylonians got hold of some Scythian arrowheads to use against Jerusalem.
The Bible proven right once again.
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One of *those* topics. Thanks Berosus for that comment, my mind didn't get enough sleep and needed a jog.
As has been said above, Beth-Shan was besieged and occupied by Seti, and his steles and the graves of the Greek mercenaries who served with him were discovered there. Ramses II, his successor, also occupied Beth-Shan for some time, but no vestiges have been found there of Egyptian kings of later times. The conventional chronology compelled the archaeologists of Beth-Shan to conclude that after Seti and Ramses II the city was practically uninhabited until the time of the Neo-Babylonian Empire in the seventh century, although from the Scriptures we know that Beth-Shan was an important city in the days of Judges and Kings. Seti-meri-en-Ptah Men-maat-Re, who left his steles in Beth-Shan, was Psammetichos of Herodotus. It was the seventh century.
Thanks TXnMA for the ping, and thanks Eleutheria5 for the topic.
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The Romans did their share of burning too.
Everyone gets a crack at erasing Yehova’s nation, but no cigar so far...
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