The Times Online reports that a cuneiform tablet dating to 595 BC (that’s BCE for some of you) offers extra-biblical evidence for the existence of an official under Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. This particular official, Nebo-Sarsekim, was previously only mentioned in Jeremiah (39:3).
The tablet has apparently been sitting in the British Museum’s archives since 1870.
For a translation of the tablet, see the Telegraph.
- Christopher Heard of Higgaion weighs in this topic.
- Ancient Hebrew Poetry has a nice post summing up the situation and the evidence.
- Following Christopher Heard and John Hobbins, I’ll refer to this fellow not as Nebo-Sarsekim, but Nabu-sharrussu-ukin. This is so out of my field…I’m gonna trust ‘em!
- More from Christopher Heard: “Does the Nabu-sharrussu-ukin tablet prove biblical ‘corruption’?”