Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Evidence for the Historicity of the Bible: Tidbit #2

The first chapter of the biblical book of Ezra relates a decree written by Cyrus, king of Persia, proclaiming freedom for Jewish exiles to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. An archaeological find called the Cyrus Cylinder contains Cyrus's decree, verifying the biblical account.

You can read the prophecy foretelling Cyrus's decision to free the Jews without a ransom payment in Isaiah 44:28; 45:1; and 45:13. This prophecy was made 150 years before Cyrus was born, and the probability of its fulfillment was 1 in 1015!

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