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Biblical People Confirmed Archaeologically — A Very Useful Tool!

The folk over at Bible History Daily have placed on line a very useful listing: “53 People in the [Hebrew] Bible Confirmed Archaeologically.”  This not only lists their names and relevant biblical passages, but also has a short article on each of the 53 along with where the relevant extra–biblical texts and pictures can be found! This is a very useful listing  for it can be very time consuming to try to find this information elsewhere!!

See a sample entry below.

I have included a photo of the object referred to in the second paragraph of the “Black Obelisk (6 1/2 ft.. high) panel portraying Jehu, the Israelite king, bowing down in submission to Shalmaneser III (from Calah/Nimrund in Iraq)”

Jehu, the Israelite king, bowing in submission Shalmaneser III. From the British Museum.

14. Jehu, king, r. 842/841–815/814, 1 Kings 19:16, etc., in inscriptions of Shalmaneser III. In these, “son” means nothing more than that he is the successor, in this instance, of Omri (Raging Torrent, p. 20 under “Ba’asha . . . ” and p. 26). A long version of Shalmaneser III’s annals on a stone tablet in the outer wall of the city of Aššur refers to Jehu in col. 4, line 11, as “Jehu, son of Omri” (Raging Torrent, p. 28; RIMA 3, p. 54, A.0.102.10, col. 4, line 11; cf. ANET, p. 280, the parallel “fragment of an annalistic text”). Also, on the Kurba’il Statue, lines 29–30 refer to “Jehu, son of Omri” (RIMA 3, p. 60, A.0.102.12, lines 29–30).

In Shalmaneser III’s Black Obelisk, current scholarship regards the notation over relief B, depicting payment of tribute from Israel, as referring to “Jehu, son of Omri” (Raging Torrent, p. 23; RIMA 3, p. 149, A.0. 102.88), but cf. P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., “‘Yaw, Son of ‘Omri’: A Philological Note on Israelite Chronology,” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 216 (1974): pp. 5–7.

Quote from Rasmussen, Carl G. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible — Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010, p. 162.