Miami Herald: Cyrus Cylinder on Display at DC’s Sackler Gallery

By Tish Wells McClatchy, Miami Herald:

The cylinder’s text shows why he [Cyrus] was regarded so highly. Found in fragments in the ruins of a city in 1879, it proclaims that Cyrus “is going to allow the people deported by the previous kings of Babylon to go home … They will take their gods that were confiscated, the temples that were confiscated, back to their towns and sanctuaries, and they are to rebuild the sanctuaries, and they are to pray to their gods, and, in their temples, to pray for the king (Cyrus).”

This validates what was in Hebrew Scriptures. In Ezra (1:1-4,) and the Chronicles, it’s said that the Jews deported from Jerusalem were “to go home, to take the temples’ vessels, and to rebuild the temples.” The discovery of the cylinder proved that the scriptures were historically correct.

They also said that other copies had been made but there was no proof until, in 2009, the British Museum discovered they had parts of another copy.