Legendary Babel, described in the Bible actually existed, moreover, not so long ago, her drawings have been found …
An international team of scientists has completed the translation of a large portion of the ancient cuneiform texts from the unique collection of Norwegian businessman Martin Sheyena. It covers tens of thousands of manuscripts, extending the time for more than five thousand years.
The collection includes a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the ancient Buddhist documents, inscriptions left by the aborigines of Australia, and a large number of cuneiform tablets and stone slabs of ancient Mesopotamia.
The latest results of the latest research of historians and linguists outlined in the recently published book "Royal cuneiform inscriptions and related texts from the collection Sheyena."
It specifically describes in detail for the first time, "the Tower of Babel stele." Andrew George, a professor of the University of London and editor of the new work, described the find as "a star in the firmament of books."
Inscriptions on this black stone dated 604-562 years BC. At the plate depicts King Nebuchadnezzar II, who ruled Babylon 2,500 years ago, and the legendary Babel.
To be more precise, of course, we have not it literally, and ziggurat Etemenanki. This 91-meter high structure historians consider the prototype of the legendary tower of the Bible.
Colossal seven storied building with a temple on top of not only represented in the side view, but the interior is provided with a plan.
The inscriptions clearly identify the tower as the "great ziggurat of Babylon." The pillar King Nebuchadnezzar himself talks about the design: "I made it to the surprise of people of the world, I picked it up in the sky, made doors for the gates, covered it with bitumen and bricks."
By the way, according to Andrew George, the image of the king on the stele — only the fourth known portrait of Nebuchadnezzar II, and three others are in the open air, and now are in a poor condition.
But the main thing — this stone to us the first image of the legendary ziggurat, the modern rule of Nebuchadnezzar II. It was during his Etemenanki built earlier, but then destroyed, and a survivor of a series of renovations has been recreated for the last time, and had grown in size, so it became the tallest building of Babylon.
The inscriptions on the stone also give a hint of the origin of the biblical stories with different people gathered and even think to build a tower to heaven.
Cuneiform inscription reads: "I mobilized (all) countries everywhere, (each and) every ruler (who) has been raised to prominence over all the people of the world (as one) loved by Marduk … I built their structures with bitumen and (baked bricks). I finished it, making (it glow) bright as the (sun) … "(translated by Andrew George). (Marduk — god of ancient Mesopotamia, which was dedicated Etemenanki.)
The brilliant religious building (and other Mesopotamian ziggurats) saw the Jews stolen in captivity troops of Nebuchadnezzar II after the capture of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Because it is likely that the true story building Etemenanki could form the basis of the biblical story.