Incredible treasures from a buried palace see the light of day, thanks to tunnels dug by ISIS
In four tunnels which ISIS dug underneath the Tomb of Jonah, archaeologists have discovered seven 2,700-year-old inscriptions describing the rule of an Assyrian king mentioned in the Bible.
After the Iraqi army liberated the area from ISIS in early 2017, archaeologists found the tunnels, which ISIS had apparently dug in order to collect and sell artifacts on the black market. Last year, archaeologists announced that while exploring the tunnels they had unexpectedly discovered the site of the Assyrian palace located under Jonah’s tomb.
The inscriptions describe the rule of the Assyrian king, Esarhaddon who reigned between 681 and 669 BC and is mentioned in the Bible in 2 Kings 19:37, Isaiah 37:38, and Ezra 4:2). One is translated :
“The palace of Esarhaddon, strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria, governor of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the kings of lower Egypt, upper Egypt and Kush [an ancient kingdom located south of Egypt in Nubia].”
Esarhaddon was the son of Sennacherib, who according to the Bible was murdered by his sons in 681 BC after he failed to capture Jerusalem (2 Kings 19:37). Esarhaddon then returned to Nineveh, declared himself king, and forced his brothers into exile. That same year he was thought to have begun work rebuilding Babylon, including buildings scholars have associated with the Tower of Babel.
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