BOOK OF DANIEL-The Mystery of King Sargon II

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The Mystery of King Sargon II

One of the reasons why Berossus’s writings have not survived can only be guessed at. We do, however, have sufficient evidence that the man actually lived by the many writings others have written about his work. It is said a statue of Berossus was also erected in honor of him in Athens, Greece.

Going back to why no one has uncovered any connection with the Babylonians to confirm the text of the Bible- it is not surprising for several reasons. One reason could be that evidence simply has not been uncovered so far. We seem to think that the landscape we see today is the same that our distant ancestors saw. This is simply not the case. For a variety of reasons, both the natural land mass and man-made structures have indeed changed. Through sediment, water erosion and gravity, ancient structures and roads that people frequented and walked upon are no longer visible. Some have simply disintegrated over time whereas others, for the reasons mentioned, lay beneath the surface where many people stand today. Now. I am not suggesting that you start digging or go out and buy a detector to map the surface. My point is simply this. Just because we cannot see or find something that the Bible wrote about does not mean the event or the structure did not exist. Indeed, archaeologists have found thousands of items that support much of the Bible record. The Dead Sea Scrolls are just one example. Interestingly, in my book “Defending the Bible Against “Christians” published by Westbow 2014, page 268, I make mention of the French archaeologist, Paul-Émile Botta (1802 –1870). While working as the French Consul in Mosul he was encouraged to spend time excavating certain sites. During the latter part of 1842 and 1843 he discovered the remains of a huge Assyrian palace which contained a large number of chambers and corridors. The walls were lined with slabs that had sculptured representations of gods and kings as well as depictions of battle scenes and religious ceremonies. Botta thought he had discovered Nineveh but it was not Nineveh. It was Dur-Sharrukin, the capital of Assyria in the time of King Sargon II (765-705 BC). His find was even better than that. He had, in fact, found the very palace of Sargon II.

You may be wondering what significance this story has on our study. Let me explain. Up until Botta’s discovery in 1842/3 King Sargon II appeared very little, if at all, in any classical resources. Many critics prior to that time even concluded that Sargon II was not even a proper king at all but rather an alias of some other ruler. But Sargon was known to God. He saw to it to mention this king by name in a single Scripture which is found in Isaiah 20:1. Botta’s find uncovered over two hundred rooms and thirty courtyards. It contained reliefs and inscriptions to King Sargon himself. Here is my point and why I believe it is worth our time in reading these things. The arrogance of man is that if something doesn’t fit with their so-called “intelligentsia” then it must be wrong or false. If God has spoken about it in His word and it doesn’t surface under a person’s nose in the form of factual evidence then immediately God and His word are branded false and untrue. When occasions like this arise I find such arrogance irritating, to say the least. To question the Most High God as if He is inferior to His creation is beyond any logical comprehension of correct thought. For these so-called “experts” to say they know better than God and He cannot be correct or, worse, that He doesn’t even exist, is an attitude of willful insubordination. One name… one Scripture… is all it took… to eventually prove by the excavation of facts, two and a half thousand years later, that God’s word is the ultimate truth.

So, when we are told that the works of Berossus are no longer in existence, should we suddenly count it as nothing and ignore it. No, not at all. As we move on in this brief history lesson you will see what many others wrote about Berossus’ work and who clearly did gain some level of access to his original work in some shape or other. The Roman author and architect, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c.80 – c15 BC) made at least three entries referring to Berossus in his book known today as The Ten Books on Architecture. He wrote, “Berosus, who travelled into Asia from the state or country of the Chaldeans, teaching his doctrines, maintained that the moon was a ball, half whereof was luminous, and the remaining half of a blue colour; and that when, in its course, it approached the sun; attracted by the rays and the force of the heat, it turned its bright side in that direction, from the sympathy existing between light and light; whence, when the sun is above it, the lower part, which is not luminous, is not visible, from the similarity of its colour to the air. When thus perpendicular to the sun’s rays, all the light is confined to its upper surface, and it is then called the new moon.” (Book IX, chapter 2.1); “The talent, the ingenuity, and reputation of those who come from the country of the Chaldeans are manifest from the discoveries they have left us in writing. Berosus was the first of them. He settled in the island and state of Cos, and there established a school.” (Book IX, Chapter 6.2); “Berosus the Chaldean, was the inventor of the semicircle, hollowed in a square, and inclined according to the climate. (Book IX, chapter 8.1)

 

In our next blog, we will meet a man by the name of Abydenus.