An excavation in the City of David in Jerusalem has given credence to the historical accuracy of Biblical passage, following the unearthing of a series of burnt artifacts thought to date back some 2,600 years.
A passage in the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah reads: "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 excavation has unearthed burnt bones, grape seeds, wood and pottery that were covered with layers of ash dating back to circa 600BC, which is around the time when the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, besieged Jerusalem and set it ablaze, leading to the destruction of the First Temple (Solomon’s Temple).
Another interesting finding that excavators made was a small ivory statue of a naked woman with a haircut or wig in the Egyptian style. The key discovery that supposedly ties the Biblical story to the artifacts is the seals that were found on them.
According to researchers, the seals are characteristic of the end of the First Temple Period, and were used for the administrative system that developed toward the end of the Judean dynasty. They are rosette-shaped, and were used for classifying objects in order to control, collect and market them, as well as store crop yields.
This amazing discovery comes after a sensational claim was recently made about the Shroud of Turin. Scientific analysis of the cloth has shown that the Shroud is stained with the blood of a torture victim. Nanoparticles of blood, which are not typical of that of a healthy person, were discovered. They are thought to point to a violent death for the man who was wrapped in the Shroud.