Another Bible King Mentioned In An Assyrian Inscription -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bible and Spade (First Run)
Volume: BSP 01:1 (Winter 1972)
Article: Another Bible King Mentioned In An Assyrian Inscription
Author: Anonymous


Another Bible King Mentioned In An Assyrian Inscription

King Jehoash (or Joash) was the 12th king of Israel and ruled 16 years, from about 798 B.C. to 782 B.C. The Bible tells us that, like the other kings of Israel, “He did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord “ (II Kings 13:11.) He was a successful military leader, however, for he defeated Benhadad of Damascus and Amaziah of Judah. (II Kings 13, 14 and II Chronicles 25.)

Jehoash is the latest in the long list of Bible kings to be authenticated by the records of neighboring nations. In the spring of 1967 the British School of Archaeology in Iraq was excavating Tell al-Rimah, some 50 miles west of the ruins of Nineveh, when they made the find. The inscription is inscribed on a marble stele (upright stone slab) which tells of a campaign in Syria in the reign of the Assyrian monarch Adad-nirari III.

In line eight of the inscription it states that Adad-nirari received the tribute of “Jehoash of Samaria”. This is the first ancient mention of Jehoash to come to light so far in a source outside the Bible.

(Iraq, Vol. XXX, Part 2, Autumn, 1968 and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 32 (3), July, 1970.)

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name, (John 20:21).


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