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Cyrus the Great in Bible History

Cyrus is a king mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible and is identified as Cyrus the Great (also Cyrus II or Cyrus the Elder) who reigned over Persia between 539—530 BC. This pagan king is important in Jewish history because it was under his rule that Jews were first allowed to return to Israel after 70 years of captivity.

In one of the most amazing prophecies of the Bible, Isaiah predicts Cyrus’ decree to free the Jews. One hundred fifty years before Cyrus lived, the prophet calls him by name and gives details of Cyrus’ benevolence to the Jews: “This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him . . . ‘I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me’” (Isaiah 45:1,4; see also 41:2-25; 42:6). Evincing His sovereignty over all nations, God says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please” (Isaiah 44:28).

Cyrus’s decree releasing the Jewish people, in fulfillment of prophecy, is recorded in 2 Chronicles 36:22–23: “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, “The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.”’” Other Old Testament books that mention Cyrus include Ezra and Daniel.

King Cyrus actively assisted the Jews in rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem under Ezra and Zerubbabel. Cyrus restored the temple treasures to Jerusalem and allowed building expenses to be paid from the royal treasury (Ezra 1:4–11; 6:4–5). Cyrus’s beneficence helped to restart the temple worship practices that had languished during the 70 years of the Jews’ captivity. Some commentators point to Cyrus’s decree to rebuild Jerusalem as the official beginning of Judaism.

Among the Jews deported from Judah and later placed under the rule of Cyrus include the prophet Daniel. In fact, we are told Daniel served until at least the third year of King Cyrus, approximately 536 BC (Daniel 10:1). That being the case, Daniel likely had some personal involvement in the decree that was made in support of the Jews. The historian Josephus says that Cyrus was informed of the biblical prophecies written about him (Antiquities of the Jews, XI.1.2). The natural person to have shown Cyrus the scrolls was Daniel, a high-ranking official in Persia (Daniel 6:28).

Besides his dealings with the Jews, Cyrus is known for his advancement of human rights, his brilliant military strategy, and his bridging of Eastern and Western cultures. He was a king of tremendous influence and a person God used to help fulfill an important Old Testament prophecy. God’s use of Cyrus as a “shepherd” for His people illustrates the truth of Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”

Cyrus the Great Cylinder

For a translation of the Cylinder into English,  click here.

From Got Questions, one of the great sources for quick answer about your Bible questions.

Do the Hittites Exist?

One experience that drastically affected my view of evidence of the ancients (ancient people) and accuracy of the biblical record occurred when I was no more than 10 years of age. I heard a radio teacher who taught that secular theologians proclaim there is no evidence of Hittites therefore there never were Hittites nor a Hittite civilization. The biblical account can’t be right, therefore. I remember pondering: Genesis records the activities of Hittites. We can’t prove they existed. Hmmm! What is the impact of that? Does it make Genesis unreliable/inaccurate? I couldn’t answer that question at the time. Does anyone question the existence of the Hittites today? Of course not! But, university professors of that day were proclaiming that they never existed.

That event happened in the late 1950s.   I am not sure where the teacher got his information because the Hittites were discovered in the late 1800s.   However,  I am sure that the teacher was right in this regard.   In the day, preceding the discovery of the Hittites, you can be sure that there were theologians and professors questioning the existence of the Hittites.

Though the radio teacher was wrong, this event helped me realize something important. Though there is no archaeological or scientific evidence for a statement in the Bible, that does not mean that the Bible is wrong or inaccurate.  There are events in the Bible which are not verifiable by archaeology or science.  That does not mean the events are untrue.

All data do not have to be verifiable to be accurate.   There is mystery in history and our God is mysterious.

More Information on the Hittites:

Ancient History – The Hittites
“4000 year old” meal
Hittite History

 

40 Archaeology Facts

Evidence of people, places and times recorded in the Bible

Historical Accuracy Of The Bible

The 1st 30 Minutes We Will Look At The 50 Artefacts Found Confirming What We Are Told, In The Bible…

Then A 3 Minute Montage of The 50 PEOPLE The Bible Mentions Confirmed, By Archaeology…  ( @ 32:30 minutes )

Followed By The Exodus, The Red Sea Crossing, And Mount Sinai…   ( @ 36:00 minutes )

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Skeptics ridicule and historians mock, but the historical accuracy of the Bible continues to be confirmed by archeological finds.

Skeptics ridicule, and historians mock, but each time the archaeologist’s spade penetrates the soil of history they are silenced…

“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible.”

Did Israel Inhabit Egypt?

The journey is difficult but the results show that Hebrew relics can be found in Egypt.

Using the latest archaelogical evidence from the stables of Rameses ll to little-known ancient Egyptian texts, Egyptologist and Bible Archaeologist show that Israel did infact exist and had a presence in ancient Egypt. This is the 2003 documentary  “Who Was Moses?”

 

100 Objects Give History of the World

Things tell the history of the World.

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Archaeology–Shows More Than You May Presume!

 

Science Makes God Unnecessary

Not so fast. Ph.D. mathematician and professor Dr. William Dembski loves science and seeing what scientific discovery points to: the necessity of a Master designer. Watch him explain how. Dembski is the author of Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science.

Alert!! Is the Greek New Testament Reliable?

Archaeology is solidifying the reliability the canon of New Testament Letters and Gospels

The recto of Rylands Library Papyrus P52 from ...

with every finding.

Early, early, early fragments of the Gospel of Mark may have been found. Dr. Daniel Wallace reveals the findings in a debate with Dr. Bart Ehrman.  Read more here.

Craig Bloomberg has studied and written extensively on the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts.   See the list of 59 facts about the Gospel of John which are shown to be historically probably by author Craig Bloomberg.

Is John’s Gospel Reliable?  Go at the Gospel of John in a totally different approach!

Tomb of the Apostle Phillip Unearthed in Turkey

Italian professor Francesco D’Andria said archeologists found the tomb of the biblical figure — one ofRubens_apostel_philippus.jpg the 12 original disciples of Jesus — while working on the ruins of a newly-unearthed church, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported Wednesday.

‘We have been looking for Saint Philip’s tomb for years,’ d’Andria told the agency. ‘We finally found it in the ruins of a church which we excavated a month ago.’
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/27/tomb-st-philip-apostle-discovered-in-turkey/#ixzz1TLtcFgBK

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