The Cyrus cylinder, regarding King Cyrus's treatment of religion, which is significant to the books of Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah.

Cyrus Cylinder, British Museum, 530 BCE King Cyrus's treatment of religion, which is significant to the books of Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah.

Cyrus Cylinder. "...I am Cyrus. King of the world. When I entered Babylon...I did not allow anyone to terrorize the land...I kept in view the needs of the people and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being...I put an end to their misfortune. The Great God has delivered all the lands into my hand; the lands that I have made to dwell in a peaceful habitation..."  Site of Babylon, archaeologists discover a clay cylinder, inscribed record of capture of Babylon by the Persian king Cyrus…

Rear view of a barrel-shaped clay cylinder resting on a stand. The cylinder is covered with lines of cuneiform text

The Cyrus Cylinder and the ancient proclamation of human rights "I will respect the traditions, customs and religions of the nations of my empire ... I never let anyone oppress any others, and if it occurs, I will take his or her right back and penalize the oppressor.”

The Cyrus Cylinder Written by King Cyrus the Great of Persia in 539 BCE, it’s the worlds first ever declaration/charter of human rights - written nearly years.

Cyrus Cylinder (c. 539 B.C.E.) -- an archaeological artifact that independently confirms a Biblical account told in the Book of Ezra. King Cyrus of Persia issued an edict that permitted the Jewish exiles in Babylonia (which Cyrus had just conquered) “ ‘to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel,’ ” which the Babylonian troops had destroyed, and to return to their homes (Ezra 1:1–4).

Cyrus Cylinder (c. 539 B.) -- an archaeological artifact that independently confirms a Biblical account told in the Book of Ezra. King Cyrus of Persia issued an edict that permitted the Jewish exiles in Babylonia (which Cyrus had just conquered) “ ‘to

The Cyrus Cylinder engraved with Babylonian cuneiform, from the six century b.c., now held in the British Museum

Front view of a barrel-shaped clay cylinder resting on a stand. The cylinder is covered with lines of cuneiform text

The Cyrus Cylinder, Achaemenid, after 539 B.C. Terracotta, 22.9 x 10 cm. Image courtesy of and © The Trustees of the British Museum (2013). All rights reserved

The Cyrus Cylinder Baked clay. Excavated at Babylon, Iraq, Achaemenid, BC. British Museum, London © Trustees of the British Museum

Cyrus's cylinder - Cyrus of Persia. Link to text of inscription. Pic at http://www.livius.org/a/1/mesopotamia/cyrus_cilinder.JPG

Cyrus Cylinder This object is how King Cyrus of Persia decreed that the Jews (among others) could return to their homeland.

4. Cyrus Cylinder - Hormuzd Rassam in Mosul circa 1854. Rassam, an Assyro-British archaeologist discovered the Cyrus Cylinder during one of his lengthy excavations in Babylon in 1879.

Hormuzd Rassam in Mosul circa Rassam, an Assyro-British archaeologist discovered the Cyrus Cylinder during one of his lengthy excavations in Babylon in

Front view of a barrel-shaped clay cylinder resting on a stand. The cylinder is covered with lines of cuneiform text

Front view of a barrel-shaped clay cylinder resting on a stand. The cylinder is covered with lines of cuneiform text

7. Cyrus Cylinder - The cylinder in part contains "an introduction reviling Nabonidus," the previous king of Babylon; and associating Cyrus with the god Marduk; It details Cyrus's royal titles and genealogy, and his peaceful entry into Babylon; a commendation of Cyrus's policy of restoring Babylon; a declaration that Cyrus has allowed people to live in peace...and detail of the building activities ordered by Cyrus in Babylon: it also mentions his son Cambyses;

7. Cyrus Cylinder - The cylinder in part contains "an introduction reviling Nabonidus," the previous king of Babylon; and associating Cyrus with the god Marduk; It details Cyrus's royal titles and genealogy, and his peaceful entry into Babylon; a commendation of Cyrus's policy of restoring Babylon; a declaration that Cyrus has allowed people to live in peace...and detail of the building activities ordered by Cyrus in Babylon: it also mentions his son Cambyses;

Front view of a barrel-shaped clay cylinder resting on a stand. The cylinder is covered with lines of cuneiform text.....the Cyrus Cylinder

Front view of a barrel-shaped clay cylinder resting on a stand. The cylinder is covered with lines of cuneiform text.the Cyrus Cylinder

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Return of Cyrus Cylinder to Iran-تحویل منشور کورش کبیر به ایران - YouTube

Return of Cyrus Cylinder to Iran-تحویل منشور کورش کبیر به ایران - YouTube

BBC News - Cyrus Cylinder: How a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson

Cyrus Cylinder: How a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson

BBC News - Cyrus Cylinder: How a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson

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