Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 89 – The King Who Helped the Habiru, Part 1

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Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries.  Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’.  [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.

Plot Summary:

The British Museum houses some of the most exciting tablets ever discovered, and some of those tablets may help decipher the Copper Scroll. But when one of the Amarna tablets is stolen, the museum blames Jonathan, Kendall, Akiva, and Ian—and denies them further access to the museum’s artifacts. Who is behind these thefts? And why does Myles Morgan seem to be secretly tailing the team? (Taken from here.)

There is NO Study Guide for Volume 8.  You’re on your own!

Review

There really is a copper scroll that seems to be describing real treasures.

The Copper Scroll (3Q15) is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave 3 near Khirbet Qumran, but differs significantly from the others. Whereas the other scrolls are written on parchment or papyrus, this scroll is written on metalcopper mixed with about 1 percent tin. Unlike the others, it is not a literary work, but a list of locations at which various items of gold and silverare buried or hidden. It differs from the other scrolls in its Hebrew (closer to the language of the Mishnah than to the literary Hebrew of the other scrolls, though 4QMMT shares some language characteristics), its orthography (i.e., its spelling),palaeography (forms of letters) and date (c.50-100 AD, possibly overlapping the latest of the other Qumran manuscripts).[1]

The Copper Scroll is housed at the Jordan Archaeological Museum in Amman.[2]

(taken from wikipedia.)

They have found a stone block in the theatre at Caeserea that has the inscription of Pontius Pilate.

The Pilate Stone is the name given to a block (82 cm x 65 cm) of limestone with a carved inscription attributed to Pontius Pilate, a prefect of the Roman-controlled province of Judaea from 26–36 AD. The stone is significant because it is the only universally accepted[not in citation given]archaeological find with an inscription mentioning the name “Pontius Pilatus” to date.[2][3]

It is likely that Pontius Pilate made his base at Caesarea Maritima (the “governmental residence and military headquarters” beginning in 6 AD[4]) where the stone was discovered, and occasionally went to Jerusalem when needed.[5]

The Pilate Stone is currently located at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.[6][7]  

(taken from wikipedia.)

The Amarna tablets are real letters from the Kings of the Levat to the Pharaohs of Egypt. While many of the letters are stored in the British Museum, the EA286 tablet is actually kept in the Pergamum Museum in Berlin, Germany.

The Amarna letters (sometimes Amarna correspondence or Amarna tablets) archive, on clay tablets, mostly diplomatic correspondence between the Egyptian administration and its representatives in Canaan and Amurru during the New Kingdom. The letters were found in Upper Egypt at Amarna, the modern name for the Egyptian capital of Akhetaten (el-Amarna), founded by pharaoh Akhenaten (1350s – 1330s BC) during the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt. The Amarna letters are unusual in Egyptological research, because they are mostly written in Akkadian cuneiform, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, rather than of ancient Egypt. The known tablets total 382: 24 tablets had been recovered since the Norwegian AssyriologistJørgen Alexander Knudtzon‘s landmark edition of the Amarna correspondence, Die El-Amarna-Tafeln in two volumes (1907 and 1915).[1] The correspondence spans a period of at most thirty years.

(taken from wikipedia.)

The Taylor Prism, Linkish Wall Reliefs and the Chronicle 1 tablet tell the same events relative to Sennacharib in the Bible.

The Taylor Prism and Sennacherib Prism are clay prisms inscribed with the same text, the annals of the Assyrianking Sennacherib, notable for describing his siege of Jerusalem during the reign of king Hezekiah. This event is recorded in several books contained in the Bible including Isaiah chapters 33 and 36; 2 Kings 18:17; 2 Chronicles 32:9. This event is also recorded by Herodotus.

The Sennacherib Prism is in the Oriental Institute of Chicago; the Taylor Prism is in the British Museum. Another Sennacherib Prism is in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

(taken from wikipedia)

The Babylonian Chronicles list many of the same people and places we find in the Old Testament.

The Babylonian Chronicles are many series of tablets recording major events in Babylonian history. They are thus one of the first steps in the development of ancient historiography. The Babylonian Chronicles were written from the reign of Nabonassar up to the Parthian Period, by Babylonian astronomers (“Chaldaeans”), who probably used the Astronomical Diaries as their source.

Almost all of the tablets are currently in the possession of the British Museum.

(taken from wikipedia.)

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I’m not going to go into detail about the information presented in this episode.

There is a lot of historical information and the characters try to cram it all in within a short space of time.  It is not easy to follow if one is not familiar with the names and places.  It is even more difficult to follow if one is not an auditory learner.

The listener would get more out of it from listening multiple times and actually doing some research into the claims.

 

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Posted on Saturday, June 29th, 2013, in Jonathan Park, Jonathan Park Reviews, Vision Forum and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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