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Archaeologists Discover 2,550-Year-Old Carving of the Last King of Babylon

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I had no idea the Babylonian empire was so large and extended to northern Saudi Arabia.


Archaeologists Discover 2,550-Year-Old Carving of the Last King of Babylon
Found in northern Saudi Arabia, the inscription depicts sixth-century B.C.E. ruler Nabonidus holding a scepter

esearchers in Saudi Arabia have discovered a sixth-century B.C.E. rock carving of the last Babylonian king, Nabonidus.

As Arab News reports, archaeologists from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage spotted the 2,550-year-old inscription engraved on a basalt stone in the Al-Hadeed Governorate, in the country’s northern Hail region.

Per a statement, the carving contains 26 lines of cuneiform writing, making it the longest cuneiform inscription discovered in Saudi Arabia to date. The find could shed light on the history of the Arabian Peninsula and its ancient residents’ ties to neighboring Mesopotamia.

The etching shows the Babylonian king standing with a scepter in his hand. Four symbols—a crescent moon, the sun, a snake and a flower—hover in front of him.

Scholars suspect that these images hold religious significance but are still comparing the carving with similar ones to determine its meaning, notes Arab News. According to the History Blog, the markings may be linked to deities in the Mesopotamian pantheon, representing the star of Ishtar, the winged disc of the sun god Shamash and the crescent of the moon deity Sin.

Experts found the inscription in the town of Al Hait. Known as Fadak in ancient times, Al Hait is home to the ruins of fortresses, rock art and water installations, writes Owen Jarus for Live Science.

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See photos at the link above...........

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The site holds “great … significance,” boasting an early history that spans the first millennium B.C.E. through the beginning of the Islamic era, notes the commission on Twitter. Researchers in the area have previously discovered inscriptions and obelisks mentioning Nabonidus, who ruled Babylonia from 556 to 539 B.C.E., when the kingdom fell to Cyrus of Persia, reports Arab News.

At its height, the Babylonian Empire stretched from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.

When Nabonidus began his reign, he conquered portions of what is now Saudi Arabia. Four years after assuming power, the king named his son Belshazzar coregent and went into exile in Tayma, a city some 160 miles north of Al Hait. He remained there until around 543 B.C.E., per Live Science.

Historians are unsure why Nabonidus left Babylon, but as Arkeonews points out, his “self-imposed exile from political and religious authority” may have been the result of a coup.

Disputes between the clergy and Babylon’s elite could also have led to the king’s departure. According to the History Blog, Nabonidus attempted to change his people’s religious hierarchy by declaring the moon god superior to all other deities—a move that may have aggravated the nobility.
 
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Look at the dates and the size of the Babylonian Empire. It even includes Judah and the Palestinian province of Syria.

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Switching "BC" to "BCE" doesn't change the fact that the calendar is based on the birth of Christ.
 

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The BCE time designation was invented by Edom to negate the Life of Christ, and His death they attempted but, failed accomplish
 

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The BCE time designation was invented by Edom to negate the Life of Christ, and His death they attempted but, failed accomplish
Not everyone is a christian, you know. And it makes sense "Before christian era"....because technically, year one isn't until after Jesus dies....not his birth.
 
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The BCE time designation was invented by Edom to negate the Life of Christ, and His death they attempted but, failed accomplish

Wrong.. The Edomites were forcibly converted to Judaism long before the birth of Christ.

Edom Forcibly Converted to Judaism: 126 B.C.
A few centuries later, the Maccabean Jews conquered their neighbors and forced them to either convert to Judaism or to face exile. Most of them chose to convert, and they too became Jews. This occurred primarily around 126 B.C. This is recorded by the first-century Jewish historian, Josephus, in his Antiquities of the Jews, XIII, ix, 1. Here we read:

“Hyrcanus took also Dora and Marissa, cities of Idumea, and subdued all the Idumeans; and permitted them to stay in that country, if they would be circumcised, and make use of the laws of the Jews; and they were so desirous of living in the country of their forefathers, that they submitted to the use of circumcision and the rest of the Jews’ ways of living; at which time therefore, this befell them, that they were hereafter no other than Jews.”
 
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The BCE time designation was invented by Edom to negate the Life of Christ, and His death they attempted but, failed accomplish
It's more because the scientists and other Intelligentsia aren't even sure that's when Jesus was born, or if he even existed at all. So they don't like incorporating Iron Age myths into their fact-based science and academic work.
 
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Shamash | Definition, Symbol, & Facts | Britannica
Shamash, (Akkadian), Sumerian Utu, in Mesopotamian religion, the god of the sun, who, with the moon god, Sin (Sumerian: Nanna), and Ishtar (Sumerian: Inanna), the goddess of Venus, was part of an astral triad of divinities. Shamash was the son of Sin. Shamash, as the solar deity, exercised the power of light over darkness and evil.
 

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