In the News...Jeremiah Details Confirmed

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In the halls of the British Museum, as reported by The Daily Telegraph, Michael Jursa, a professor from Vienna, made an astounding discovery among a collection of 130,000 ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets. While studying the tablets for Babylonian financial accounts, Professor Jursa came across the name of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, the chief eunuch of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon. Comparing the 2,500-year-old tablet with the biblical account, he found in the book of Jeremiah a reference to Babylonian chief official Nebo-Sarsekim (39:3, NIV), the same individual, but spelled differently in Hebrew. The tablet records his payment of 0.75 kilograms of gold to a temple in Babylon. British Museum expert Dr. Irving Finkel said: "This is a fantastic discovery, a world-class find. If Nebo-Sarsekim existed, which other lesser figures in the Old Testament existed? A throwaway detail in the Old Testament turns out to be accurate and true. I think that it means that the whole of the narrative [of Jeremiah] takes on a new kind of power" ("Tiny Tablet Provides Proof for Old Testament," The Daily Telegraph, July 13, 2007).