I am working on a special school project and I can use some help. Can you please name two or more biblical records that relate to actual history?
Dear Angelica Answers:
This question is hard to answer as the Bible is truly full of historical references. So here we go:
1) Isaiah 20:1 speaks of an Assyrian king named Sargon. Until the discovery of Sargon’s palace in Khorsabad it was believed there was no Assyrian king by that name since his such name did not appear in any other record. The events mentioned in Isaiah 20, the capture of Ashdod, was even recorded on the palace walls. Furthermore, fragments of a stelae which memorialized the very same victory were found at an archaeological site in Ashdod.
2) Belshazzar, king of Babylon, was named in Daniel chapter 5. However the last king of Babylon on record was Nabonidus. Tablets were eventually found which show that Belshazzar was Nabonidus’ son who served as co-regent in Babylon. Belshazzar could therefore offer to make Daniel “third highest ruler in the kingdom” (Dan. 5:16) for reading the handwriting on the wall as recorded in the account. Third highest was, in fact, the highest available position in the kingdom, as it was brought out by the discoveries of archaeology less than 100 years ago
There are many other facts of history that relate to the Bible. Roman rulers, such as Augustus, Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Claudius and others. The mentions of Roman taxing and census and military organization. Descriptions of places and roads leading to them etc… And we have not even touched on the historical references that were mentioned even before they actually happened. That is the case with Persian King Cyrus, one of the most tantalizing historical figures linked to the Bible. King Cyrus was named in the Bible at Isaiah 44 and 45 as the one who would conquer Babylon by divine appointment. And he did. The greatest peculiarity about that is the book of Isaiah, which includes the statements about Cyrus, was written almost two centuries before Cyrus was born.
The Bible itself, as a book written by surviving many centuries has become a piece of human history. Written over the time span of about 1,600 years by vastly different writers, it consists of 66 books that talk about history, prophecy, poetry, and theology. It covers a time span Despite their complexity, differences in writing styles, historical time periods, and the places in which they were written, the books of the Bible agree well in theme, facts and cross-referencing. Could a human being have planned such an intricate combination of books over a 1,600-year time span? I guess each one of us will have to give him/herself an honest,sensible and educated answer.
And lets’ not forget that some of these books were written even before the ancient nation of Israel existed and some after it had been, in effects, dismantled. Bible manuscripts (and please remember, there were no printing presses until 1455) have survived in spite of time, weather, and persecution only to inspire millions who have never met their original writers and yet appreciate their messages. Countless human being have lived and died for it and the writings have survived in ancient and modern form for over 3000 years now. More than any other book ever written it continues to attract attention and criticism and to elicit a variety of strong responses. Presence in itself, as I mentioned earlier, should account for something when it comes to history.
I hope this helps you with your project.