Turkey may return Hezekiah tablet found in Jerusalem

Monday, July 16, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A visiting Turkish delegation told Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski on Sunday that their government is seriously considering returning an ancient tablet from the time of King Hezekiah that was found in the Israeli capital prior to Britains defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I.

The 2,700-year-old tablet contains testimony concerning the First Temple and describes the construction of a tunnel under the Temple Mount.

Hezekiah is featured in the biblical books of II Kings and II Chronicles as the king who, with the aid of direct divine intervention, successfully defended Jerusalem against the invading Assyrians.

The tablet provides further evidence that the characters and narratives of the Bible are in fact authentic.

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