British Museum

Above: The Lachish reliefs are a set of Assyrian palace reliefs narrating the story of the Assyrian victory over the kingdom of Judah during the siege of Lachish in 701 BC  Carved between 700-681 BC and now preserved in the British Museum London UK.

The relief inscription reads: “Sennacherib, the mighty king, king of the country of Assyria, sitting on the throne of judgement, before (or at the entrance of) the city of Lachish (Lakhisha). I give permission for its slaughter”


Above: The Cyrus Cylinder or Cyrus Charter is an ancient clay cylinder, now broken into several pieces, on which is written a declaration in Akkadian cuneiform script in the name of Persia’s Achaemenid king Cyrus the Great. It dates from the 6th century BC and was discovered in the ruins of Babylon in Mesopotamia in 1879 and now on display in the British Museum London UK

Above: The four sides of The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (859-824 BC) – Records the the Israelite King Jehu bringing tribute to Shalmaneser III – The inscription “Tribute of Jehu the Israelite (Son of Omri) 

Above: Astartu Relief of Tiglath-pilesar III (744-727 BC) The text on this relief refers to the defeated city of Ashtaroth in northern Transjordan and mentioned in Deuteronomy 1:14 and Joshua 9:10. Currently on display at the British Museum London.


Above: A child’s Sarcophagus decorated with a procession of the wine God Bacchus and his followers. Carved at Rome about AD 220-250.


Above: Capitals from the Temple of Artemis on display at the British Museum.

Recommended Reading 

The Bible in the British Museum: Interpreting the Evidence