New archaeological evidence has proven a passage of the Bible to be historically accurate.
An excavation of the City of David in Jerusalem has unearthed burnt artefacts dating back 2,600 years, corroborating the scripture which references the burning and capture of the city to be true.
The archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered burnt bones, grape seeds, wood and pottery – all of which were covered in layers of ash.
A passage in the Book of Jeremiah reads:
Now on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
He burned the house of the Lord, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire.
It seems the findings, which were able to be dated due to the presence of stamped handles and rosette seals, confirm this passage to be historically accurate.
However, the scientists say it’s likely only part of the city was burnt down and then later abandoned, rather than a city-wide razing as the Bible suggests.
You can watch the lead archaeologist, Dr Joe Uziel, explain his findings in the footage below:
Jerusalem is thought to have fallen around 587 BCE, at the hands of the Babylonians.
What was previously considered academically as a barbaric religious event can now be seen as an historic one too.