Shrine Destroyed by ISIS Reveals Biblical King’s Palace

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

The Tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul was destroyed by ISIS militants in 2014. Now archaeologists have reportedly found the palace of Assyrian King Sennacherib underneath the rubble.

Layla Salih was the one to find a”marble cuneiform inscription” of the king inside one of the tunnels. They believe the inscription to date back to 672B.C, and believe the palace was part of the city of Ninevah.

Ninevah is the city where God sent Jonah to warn them that if they did not change their ways and stop sinning, then they would receive God’s wrath.

One of the earliest forms of writing, cuneiform harnesses wedge-shaped marks and was widely used in ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.

The palace was built for the Assyrian King Sennarcherib, expanded by his son Esarhaddon, and renovated by his grandson King Ashurbanipal, according to the Telegraph, which notes that the palace was partly destroyed during the sack of Nineveh in 612 B.C. Sennacherib’s invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah is extensively documented in the Bible. Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal are also mentioned in scripture, although feature less prominently.

Elsewhere in the tunnel, archaeologists found ancient Assyrian stone sculptures of a demi-goddess, the Telegraph reports.

One of the earliest forms of writing, cuneiform harnesses wedge-shaped marks and was widely used in ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.

The palace was built for the Assyrian King Sennarcherib, expanded by his son Esarhaddon, and renovated by his grandson King Ashurbanipal, according to the Telegraph, which notes that the palace was partly destroyed during the sack of Nineveh in 612 B.C. Sennacherib’s invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah is extensively documented in the Bible. Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal are also mentioned in scripture, although feature less prominently.

It is very interesting, if this is truly the king’s palace, because that would mean that Jonah quite literally built his palace above the king’s. It makes you wonder what happened in between Jonah’s visit to Ninevah and the building of the palace.

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