>The Nebo-Sarsekim Tablet

>In my previous post on the Nebo-Sarsekim Tablet, I mentioned that Nebo-Sarsekim was the same individual mentioned in Jeremiah 39:3.

Peter Kirk alerted me to an article in The Telegraph that provides a photo and a full translation of the tablet.

According to the article in The Telegraph, the full translation of the
tablet reads as follows:

(Regarding) 1.5 minas (0.75 kg) of gold, the property of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin,the chief eunuch, which he sent via Arad-Banitu the eunuch to [the temple]Esangila: Arad-Banitu has delivered [it] to Esangila. In the presence of Bel-usat, son of Alpaya, the royal bodyguard, [and of] Nadin,son of Marduk-zer-ibni. Month XI, day 18, year 10 [of] Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

The tablet is dated to the 10th year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, 595 B.C.E., two years after the deportation of Jehoiachin, King of Judah. This date is very important. As Peter wrote:

Also the date on the tablet, the tenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, is two years after Nebuchadnezzar first sacked the temple in Jerusalem and took all the gold from it, 2 Kings 24:13. So the gold mentioned in this tablet could well have been Nebo-Sarsekim’s share of the spoil from Jerusalem.

Credits:

I want to thank Peter Kirk for leading me to the article in The Telegraph.

The translation of the Nebo-Sarsekim Tablet appeared in The Telegraph.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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3 Responses to >The Nebo-Sarsekim Tablet

  1. >Claude, please note, however, that Jeremiah 39 does not place Nebo-sarsekim in or near Jerusalem at the time of Jehoiachin’s deportation c. 597 BCE, but at the time the city was besieged, sacked, and dismantled, c. 586 BCE. If there is a Nebo-sarsekim in Jeremiah 39 (which is plausible but not certain), placing him in Jerusalem c. 597 and assigning him a “share of the treasure” is pure speculation.

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  2. >Dear Friend,Thank you for this information. I have written a post with the information about the article.Claude Mariottini

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