Check out the hottest new show to hit the airwaves, “Cold Case: Old Testament.” The first episode of this gripping crime drama is ripped from today’s headlines. It seems that some guy named Jeremiah a long long time ago wrote down the name of two guys who wanted to kill him but unfortunately he wrote it down in a religious book which says there is a God so his allegations were relegated to the status of myth by all really smart people. Until now.
In what is becoming a story that shocks…just shocks…the media and scholars at least twice a year, the Bible has turned out to be historically accurate. Gasp!
An Israeli newspaper is reporting that archaeologists have unearthed proof that a plot to kill the Prophet Jeremiah was likely true. Here’s the details:
Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a seal impression belonging to a minister of the biblical King Zedekiah, which dates back 2,600 years, during an archaeological dig in Jerusalem’s ancient City of David. The finding helps corroborate the story pertaining to the biblical minister’s demand to have the prophet Jeremiah killed.
The seal impression, or bulla, with the name Gedalyahu ben Pashur, who served as minister to King Zedekiah (597-586 BCE) according to the Book of Jeremiah, was found completely intact just meters away from a separate seal impression of another of Zedekia’s ministers, Yehukual ben Shelemyahu, which was unearthed three years ago.
Both ministers are mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38 1-4) along with two other ministers when they came to King Zedekiah demanding the death of the prophet Jeremiah for preaching to the besieged city to surrender.
The impressions, measuring 1 cm in diameter each, were found among the debris of the destruction of the First Temple period, by an excavation team led by Prof. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem…”Only rarely do archaeologists come across findings of significant figures in history, which help lift the dust of history and bring the biblical story to life in such a tangible way,” Mazar said.
Now I’m not sure anyone’s looking at any jail time here because the statute of limitations but a perp walk with some Old Testament characters might be in order.
It seems Jeremiah wrote down very clearly for future generations what actually occured:
Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashur, Yuchal son of Shelemiah and Pashur son of Malchiah heard the things that Jeremiah was speaking to the people saying:
“Thus said Hashem: Whoever remains in this city will die by the sword, by the famine or by the pestilence, whereas whoever goes out [in surrender] to the Chaldeans will live; he will have his life as a booty, and he will live.
“Thus said Hashem: This city will surely be delivered into the hand of the army of the king of Babylonia, and he will capture it.”
And the[se] officers said to the king, “Let this man be put to death now, because he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking to them such things. For this man does not seek the welfare of this people, but rather [their] detriment.”
With that case solved at the end of the television show, the Cold Case investigators all gather around saying how amazing it is that something in the Bible actually turned out to be true. And one of the investigators sheepishly asks, “Wouldn’t it be weird if lots of other stuff in the Bible were true too?” And then they all laugh. Freeze frame. Credits roll.