ISIS’ Destruction of Biblical Tomb of Jonah Inadvertently Leads Researchers to ‘Fantastic’ Discovery

– February 22, 2018

Extraordinary 2,700-year-old inscriptions have been discovered beneath the biblical Tomb of Jonah, which was vandalized by Islamic State when they overran the city of Nineveh back in 2014.

The incredible inscriptions reference the Assyrian king Esarhaddon, who is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, as reported by LiveScience. One inscription, translated, reads: “The palace of Esarhaddon, strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria, governor of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the kings of lower Egypt, upper Egypt and Kush [an ancient kingdom located south of Egypt in Nubia].”

According to ancient inscriptions found at other archaeological sites, Kush leaders once ruled Egypt. The latest inscriptions detailed that Esarhaddon defeated the Kush rulers and chose new rulers to govern the nation.

The inscriptions are not the only discovery that ISIS inadvertently led researchers to beneath the tomb. Last year, as archaeologists assessed the extensive damage caused by the militants, they found a vast 600BC palace.