The Bible is not only the holy book for Christians. It’s also the book that provided accurate historical events and even astronomical facts that science began to discover only thousands of years later. A scripture expert now comes to announce that archaeological discoveries related to an Israelite king is providing once again credence to the history presented along Bible passages.
Israelite King Omri enters the spotlight, as now archaeologists are offering more insight for his reign. Tom Meyer, who is a professor in Bible and theology at Graduate School in California and Shasta Bible College, claims that the new discovery validates passages found in the Book of Kings. He declared the following:
“Numerous archaeological discoveries have come to light relating to the Israelite King Omri who reigned for a short period of twelve years over the northern kingdom of Israel – 884 to 872 BC.”
Meyer further added:
“As for the first object, the name Omri appears on the Mesha Stele; this was the first-ever mention of an Israelite king outside the pages of the Bible.”
The Mesha Stele is very old, being dated since the time of Ahab, who was the successor of Omri. The stele was discovered by the French archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau, and it was destroyed by a local Bedouin tribe in 1969. As for today, the slab is reconstructed with 34 surviving inscriptions.
The Mesha Stele is also known as the Moabite Stone, and it has been dated to about 840 BC. The stone slate is nearly 3,000-years-old, and it was discovered in 1968 in Jordan. It’s also touted as the longest Iron Age text found in the Levant.
The first passages from the Bible were written about 3,700 years ago, and it’s amazing how historians and archaeologists are still finding wonderful and amazing insights into the world’s best selling book of all time.