Friday, May 25, 2012

Look what Chaim G. Found

Ancient Document Confirms Existence Of Biblical Figure

Long story short: Some dude was looking through the British Museum's collection of 130,000 Assyrian cuneiform tablets when he came across the following: [Regarding] 1.5 minas (0.75 kg) of gold, the property of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, the chief eunuch, which he sent via Arad-Banitu the eunuch to [the temple] Esangila: Arad-Banitu has delivered [it] to Esangila. In the presence of Bel-usat, son of Alpaya, the royal bodyguard, [and of] Nadin, son of Marduk-zer-ibni. Month XI, day 18, year 10 [of] Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

Mean anything to you? Ha. And you call yourself Torah True.

As anyone who's studied Sefer Yirmiyahu (Show of hands please. Ed?) would know, Nabu-sharrussu-ukin was reported present at the destruction of the First Temple. From the list of names recorded in Jer 39:3

וַיָּבֹאוּ, כֹּל שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וַיֵּשְׁבוּ, בְּשַׁעַר הַתָּוֶךְ--נֵרְגַל שַׂרְאֶצֶר סַמְגַּר-נְבוּ שַׂר-סְכִים רַב-סָרִיס, נֵרְגַל שַׂרְאֶצֶר רַב-מָג, וְכָל-שְׁאֵרִית, שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל.

This is a big find, the article insists, because it confirms the truth of one of the bible's "throwaway details." Nevusarsichin actually existed. Yeah, well, I suppose that's cool.

But if you're already one of those kofer-types who say the Bible was made up, why couldn't you also say that the author used real names and places in order to make the tales seem more authentic. The existance of a place called Sinai doesn't "prove" that the Exodus occured, so why should the existence of this Nebu-guy be any more valuable?

Oh yeah. Hat tip Chaim G.

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