Hazael the Syrian


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Post 2 – Another Bible account corroborated by archeology! From the collection at the Louvre, this ivory piece is believed to be the Syrian usurper Hazael who we meet in this weeks Bible reading (2 Kings chapter 8). Hazael makes creative use of a wet blanket to steal the Syrian kingship from his master Ben-hadad. Interestingly, a contemporary Assyrian monument confirms that Hazael’s claim to the throne was illegitimate. The Museum of the Ancient Orient in Istanbul has a statue which reads in part, “Ben-hadad himself perished. Hazael, son of a nobody, seized the throne.” Compare that with 2 Kings chapter 8 :15. #weeklybiblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarchaeology

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