More impressive looking displays are quite common at the Metropolitan Museum rooms, however not as impactful as a small 13 x 16 inch slab of rock circa de 830BC which journalist Lee Rosenbaum described as “homely” in an article by JTA from the Jerusalem Post.
But as the old adage goes, one cannot judge how important something is merely by its looks.
An artifact from the reign of Aram-Damascene King Hazael is crucial substantiation of the rule of King David documented extensively from the Torah/Bible and represents historical validation of the dynasty of King David outside of the Holy Scriptures.
Although both the Torah and Bible are the most validated publications by archaeology in history, it still is not enough for skeptics that accept less evidence of other historical writings. There are over 20,000 separate diggings that have produced relics authenticating Torah/Bible statements along with over 24,000 original pieces of manuscripts and doubters still cling to stubbornness concerning the valid statements from the Holy Scriptures.
Epigraphers and Bible historians nearly unanimously agree that the inscription on the rock of “bytdvd” refer to the House of King David according to Ira Spar who is the professor of history and ancient studies as Ramapo College in New Jersey and a prime researcher for the Metropolitan Museum.
The extraordinary inscription on the rock is from the 7th century BC “Annals of Sennacherib” which tells of the siege of Jerusalem mentioned in the Bible. This validation of what is disclosed in the Bible has been largely ignored in the reviews of the Met’s exhibit according to the Biblical Archaeology Society website that has heralded the great find.
Strangely the inscription has received little academic or even theological attention according to Steven Fine who is a professor of Jewish history and director of the Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva University. Fine stated the public has great interest in Biblical-era artifacts as when he led tours in the 1980s as the curator of the University of Southern California’s archaeological collection, the public responded with many “oohs” and “aahs” when viewing things as an oil lamp from the First Temple period.
Concerning the huge find depicting the “house of David” on such a great archaeological discovery, Professor Fine marveled, “it’s astonishing how little the Jewish press has noticed it”. The secular press has also shown little interest although much hoopla was generated regarding a suspect find that claimed Jesus was married.
Archaeologists broadly are reluctant to give any credence to ancient text as evidence, however since the find of “house of David” came from a non-Jewish/Biblical source, it adds great credibility since the inscription corroborates the Biblical historical figure of King David. It clearly validates Kind David’s fame not only in the Assyrian empire, but as a founder of the dynasty of Judahite kings in Jerusalem.
Once again the Bible and Jewish history is validated by sources other than from the Old Testament.