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Nebu Sarsekim
Jeremiah 39:3 Officials of the King of Babylon. Nebu Sarsekim
 
Nebu Sarsekim Tablet
Tablet from the British Museum discovered with the name Nebu Sarsekim.
 
 
 

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This fragment is a receipt for payment made by a figure in the Old Testament but Michael Jursa, a visiting professor from Vienna, let out such a cry last Thursday. He had made what has been called the most important find in Biblical archaeology for 100 years, a discovery that supports the view that the historical books of the Old Testament are based on fact.

Searching for Babylonian financial accounts among the tablets, Prof Jursa suddenly came across a name he half remembered - Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, described there in a hand 2,500 years old, as "the chief eunuch" of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon.

Professor Jursa, an Assyriologist, checked the Old Testament and there in chapter 39 of the Book of Jeremiah, he found, spelled differently, the same name - Nebo-Sarsekim. Nebo-Sarsekim, according to Jeremiah, was Nebuchadnezzar II's "chief officer" and was with him at the siege of Jerusalem in 587 BC, when the Babylonians overran the city.

The small tablet, the size of "a packet of 10 cigarettes" according to Irving Finkel, a British Museum expert, is a bill of receipt acknowledging Nabu-sharrussu-ukin's payment of 0.75 kg of gold to a temple in Babylon. The tablet is dated to the 10th year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, 595BC, 12 years before the siege of Jerusalem.

The full translation of the tablet reads:
"(Regarding) 1.5 minas (0.75 kg) of gold, the property of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, the chief eunuch, which he sent via Arad-Banitu the eunuch to the temple Esangila: Arad-Banitu has delivered it to Esangila. In the presence of Bel-usat, son of Alpaya, the royal bodyguard, and of Nadin, son of Marduk-zer-ibni. Month XI, day 18, year 10 of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon"

 
 
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Jeremiah 39:3 Officials of the King of Babylon. Nebu Sarsekim