Jeremiah Discovery: Verify the Bible
An excavation at The City of David in Jerusalem has unearthed an ancient biblical story.
Archaeologists at the site have exhumed burnt artifacts dated 2,600 years ago. The discovery of these artifacts gives solid ground to the passage in the bible, where Jerusalem is burnt down by the Babylonians which occurred around 587 BC
Researchers found burnt grape seeds, burnt wood, burnt pottery and bone all concealed by layers of ash. The burning of Jerusalem was spelled out exactly in the Old Testament in the book of Jeremiah.
"Now on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. He burned the house of the Lord, the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire."
The archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority were looking under layers of piled rock in the eastern area of the City of David when they found these special artifacts. Alongside the burnt remains found were storage jars, most of which had stamped handles and rosette seals. The seals were the staple of evidence that allowed the researchers to date the artifacts at 2,600 years. Dr. Joel Uziel, the leader of the excavation, explains here below:
“These seals are characteristic of the end of the First Temple Period, [They] were used for the administrative system that developed towards the end of the Judean dynasty."
Finding the burnt pottery, grape seeds and artifacts in the dig site corroborate Jeremiah’s testament, though perhaps not to the extent he described it, Jerusalem was at one point, during 587BC burnt to the ground by Babylonian invaders 2,600 years ago. This gives extreme credence to one of the Major Prophets of the Old Testament.