Proof of Wars

The following list contains extra-biblical evidence regarding wars mentioned in Scripture:

  • Campaign into Israel by Pharaoh Shishak (1 Kings 14:25-26), recorded on the walls of the Temple of Amun in Thebes, Egypt
  • Defeat of Ashdod by Sargon II (Isaiah 20:1), as recorded on his palace walls
  • Campaign of the Assyrian king Sennacherib against Judah (2 Kings 18:13-16), asrecorded on the Taylor Prism
  • Siege of Lachish by Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:14,17), as recorded on the Lachish reliefs
  • Assassination of Sennacherib by his own sons (2 Kings 19:37), as recorded in the annals of his son Esarhaddon
  • Fall of Nineveh as predicted by the prophets Nahum (2-3) and Zephaniah (2:13-15),recorded on the Tablet of Nabopolasar
  • Fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (2 Kings 24:10-14), asrecorded in the Babylonian Chronicles.
  • Captivity of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, in Babylon (2 Kings 24:15-16), as recorded on the Babylonian Ration Records
  • Fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:30-31), as recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder
  • Freeing of captives in Babylon by Cyrus the Great (Ezra 1:1-4, 6:3-4), as recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder
  • Forcing Jews to leave Rome during the reign of Claudius (A.D. 41-54) (Acts 18:2),as recorded by Suetonius