1097 – Excavating the British Museum, the Jeremiah Tablet
Nineteenth century explorers brought back to European capitals great caches of documents, as well as artifacts. Many of the documents have not been read yet. A professor from Vienna has been slowly making his way through the archives in the British museum and recently discovered the name of an Old Testament personality on one of the documents. It was a top aide to the Babylonian conqueror Nebuchadnezzar, mentioned in Jeremiah chapter 39. That discovery is one of the topics discussed by my co-host, professor Schoville, and myself this week. It fits right in with a similar story from the latest Biblical Archaeology Review, of an excavation in the basement of the Harvarda Semitic Museum by archaeologist Norma Franklin, which seems to have identified the tombs of the Israelite kings in Samaria. Yes, there’s much to be discovered yet in archaeology, and some of it needs to be re-discovered by excavating the results of the excavations of earlier times.