Daily Archives: February 6, 2010

Prof. Donald Wiseman – 1918-2010

The passing of Professor Donald Wiseman is reported by Rob Bradshaw here.

Wiseman was well known as an Old Testament scholar. The bibliography of his writings is extensive. His Illustrations from Biblical Archaeology, published in 1958, has been one of the most practical and helpful books in my library. Wiseman read the small Babylonian Chronicle for 605-594 B.C. in the British Museum in 1955. He describes the document in these words:

The events described include the Battle of Carchemish and the accession of Nebuchadnezzar II in 605 BC. The fifth paragraph related the capture of Jerusalem on March 16th, 597 BC, the appointment of Zedekiah as king and the removal of Jehoiachin and other prisoners to exile in Babylonia. (Illustrations from Biblical Archaeology 69)

Babylonian Chronicle for 605-594 B.C.

Babylonian Chronicle for 605-594 B.C. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Biblical account of these events is recorded in 2 Kings 24:10-17.

HT: Bible Places Blog.

Fox News slideshow of recent archaeology

The slide show Digging Up History: The Latest Archaeology News at Fox News includes a several photos of discoveries of interest — including some we have mentioned in previous posts.

  • The Alley of Sphinxes at Luxor, Egypt, from the 12th century B.C. Work had just begun on this street connecting Karnak Temple with Luxor Temple when we visited in January, 2008.
  • Tombs of the Pyramid builders.
  • Ptolemaic temple of Bastet in Alexandria.
  • Restoration of the Monastery of St. Antony near Suez City, Egypt.
  • Stolen artifacts seized by police in Limassol, Cyprus. The report says the deal is estimated to be worth $15.5 million.

See the full show here.

Court of Rameses II in the Luxor Temple. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Court of Rameses II in the Luxor Temple. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

HT: Brooks C.