_SARGON, KING OF ASSYRIA_
Isaiah the prophet, in one of God's prophecies regarding a judgement against the nations of Egypt and Ethiopia, mentions an Assyrian king by the name of Sargon.
This posed a problem to archaeologist back in the earliest days of their field of study, because an obelisk stone with the names of all the Assyrian kings that had ruled that kingdom was uncovered which made no mention of Sargon. On its discovery the university of Chicago made a bold statement that they had found a glaring contradiction in the Bible. They assumed the scripture was in error since Sargon's name wasn't found engraved on this stone.
But a funny thing occurred, you could say it was God's little joke on men of science. Eventually they found the royal palace of Sargon, and a majestic one it was at that. How come they knew it was Sargon's palace? Well because the bricks lining the palace walls were engraved with his name.
Not only was his name found, but his capture of the city of Ashdod as mentioned in Isaiah 20, was engraved on the palace walls as well. And not only that, but digs from the city of Ashdod itself later turned up fragments from a monument which recorded this victory.
One of the inscriptions read: "Sargon, king of Assyria, who conquered Samaria and the entire region of Israel, he who made captives of Ashdod."
Displayed in the British museum is this monument which stood at the entrance of Sargon's palace. On this statue of a winged bull there is a inscription listing Sargon's titles and achievements.
Well, It seems like archeology always catches up to the truth found in the Bible. And the following truth that Isaiah wrote concerning Sargon came to pass.
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