Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed a 2,500-year-old inscription that references King Darius I, a figure from the Old Testament. This discovery is the first of its kind and sheds new light on the history of the region.
The discovery was made by a team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who were excavating at the ancient city of Ein Gedi, located on the western shore of the Dead Sea. The inscription was found on a piece of pottery and is written in Aramaic.
According to the researchers, the inscription reads, “I am Darius, the great king” and mentions the rebuilding of a temple that had been destroyed. This is significant because it matches details from the book of Ezra in the Old Testament, which describes how King Darius issued a decree allowing the Jewish people to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
“This is the first time that such a reference to the Persian king has been discovered in the region,” said Dr. Yosef Garfinkel, one of the leaders of the excavation. “This discovery is historically significant because it confirms that Ein Gedi was a key site in the region during the Persian period.”
The Persian period in Israel’s history began in the 6th century BC, when the Persian Empire conquered the Babylonian Empire and took control of the region. King Darius I ruled from 522 to 486 BC and is known for his building projects and military campaigns.
The discovery of the inscription at Ein Gedi is just the latest in a series of important archaeological finds in Israel in recent years. These discoveries have helped researchers better understand the history of the region and its significance in ancient times.
The excavation at Ein Gedi is ongoing, and researchers hope to uncover more artifacts that will shed light on the history of the area. The discovery of the inscription referencing King Darius I is a major breakthrough and highlights the importance of continued archaeological research in Israel.