The account of Assyrian Emperor Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah and failed campaign to take Jerusalem is one of the most corroborated events in biblical history. Evidence of Sennacherib, King Hezekiah and the Prophet Isaiah have already been discovered in archaeological excavations. Now, based on a discovery from the 2014 season at Tel Lachish, it is possible to add the royal steward of King Hezekiah to this list: Eliakim the son of Hilkiah.
On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal discusses the context surrounding the discovery of the Eliakim bulla and how he fits into the biblical picture. He also describes compelling evidence in ancient Jerusalem verifying the powerful earthquake described in the book of Amos.