So far in our series on defending your faith we have covered Manuscript Evidence and Archaeological Finds. Clicking on either of those will take you to their respective articles in case you missed those. Tonight we are going to be looking at two Biblical figures that are mentioned in secular sources. So lets get on with Part Three: Proof of Bible Characters.
In Part Two we examined the finding of the Tel Dan Stele as one of the major Christian finds of all time. It was inscribed on that piece of stone the first evidence of King David outside of Scripture. As we have already examined that character, we shall not revisit him. Instead we first turn to another king, Hezekiah. Found in 2 Kings chapters 18-20 and in 2 Chronicles 29-32, Hezekiah ruled Judah for 29 years. He was instrumental in restoring the country fully to God. He defended it against many enemies most notably in 2 Kings 19:34-35, when after he prayed to God for deliverance, the enemy soldiers were found dead in the area surrounding the city the next morning. He was also healed of a deadly sickness by the Lord. “Hezekiah the Judahite” and “Jerusalem, his royal city” are both mentioned in the Rassam Cylinder. The Rassam Cylinder is a tablet (in the shape of a cylinder) that dates back to 636 BC. It was written by King Sennacherib who is credited with the founding of Nineveh and was an enemy of Jerusalem. Several other tablets found that are all linked together also mention Hezekiah.
Now lets take a short look at one other king, Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar II was a king that conquered Jerusalem in 597 BC (Chronicles 5:11-13). He overthrew the young ruler King Jehoiachin and placed him in prison along with a large of group of his followers. Nebuchadnezzar II is mentioned in many cuneiform tablets dating back to the time period. This can be used to show that just like the “Heroes” the “Villains” of the Bible were real people as well and committed terrible atrocities.
As both of these and the Tel Dan Stele show, major Biblical figures did in fact actually exist (as if it were ever really in doubt). So the next time someone challenges you by saying that King David was just a load of rubbish or that the Bible is just a made up story with made up characters, you can point to these 3 and say,”If these major characters were real, who are you to say the rest of them were made up?” One final thought. Clicking here will take you to a page which lists many Biblical characters proven to exist along with the sources. As always, God bless…