Prophet Jeremiah

Topics: Zedekiah, Jeconiah, Kingdom of Judah Pages: 4 (1422 words) Published: May 27, 2010

Chapter 33

Many artifacts confirming Biblical figures and events which occurred at the time of Jeremiah the prophet have come to light. The first is a seal found in 1932 at a dig site in the Biblical city of Mizpah. It lists Jaazaniah, one of the Judean military officers mentioned in II Kings 25:23. It is inscribed with the following words: "Yaazenyahu (Jaazaniah), Servant of the King”

Another seal mentions Neriah, he was the father of Jeremiah's scribe, Baruch, mentioned in Jeremiah 36:4, as well as Seraiah who is mentioned in Jeremiah 51:59: "The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And Seraiah was the quartermaster." The seal is inscribed with the following words: "SERIAHU, SON OF NERIAHU"

Seriah Seal

In 1935, a collection of letters written on pottery were unearthed in the biblical city of Lachish. These letters confirm events that occurred during King Zedekiah's reign. The letters also mention the names of biblical figures, possibly even the prophet Jeremiah. The letters seem to have been written around 588 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon was waging war against Jerusalem and the fortified cities that Judah used for defense. The first pottery fragment known as letter IV is inscribed with the following words: Letter IV: ..."I will send for him tomorrow at daylight. And let it be known to my master that we will be looking for the signals from Lachish, according to the instructions which he has given, for no signals from Azekah have been seen.”

LACHISH LETTER IV Lachish and Azekah were two of Judah's fortresses first mentioned in 2Chronicles 11:5-12:

"So Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah. And he built Bethlehem, . . . Lachish, Azekah, Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and Benjamin, fortified cities. And he...
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