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Our Trip to the Oriental Institute in Chicago

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The Processional Gate in Babylon. Also known
as the Ishtar gate, this painting depicts what it looked
like. Daniel,  Shadrach, Meschak and Abed-neggo
would  have been familiar with this gate, passing  
through it frequently as they served in the court
of King Nebuchadnezzar. (Book of Daniel)
 ca. 600 BC





 One of the original lions (seen in lower right  corner of above painting) gracing the entrance of the gate. Daniel, himself, would have seen these lions.
 ca. 600 BC



Babylon fell to the Persians under Cyrus who permitted a remnant of Jews to return home and rebuild Jerusalem,
in fulfillment of prophecy. Darius, a successor of Cyrus
as the Persian monarch, continued that policy. This
column came from the audience hall of Persian king
Darius I.  You might recall that it was Darius who was tricked into issuing a decree that resulted in the aged prophet Daniel, now serving in the Persian court,  being thrown into the den of  lions. (Daniel 6:15-ff)
 ca. 520 BC 

Table of contents

Egyptian artifacts;  2000-400 BC.

Egyptians artifacts 2000-400 BC. 

Canaanite artifacts;  1200-700 BC.

Israelite & Assyrian artifacts;  ca. 900 BC.

Assyrian artifacts;  884- 680 BC.

Assyrian artifacts;  884- 680 BC.

Babylonian & Persian artifacts; ca. 600 BC.

Persian artifacts; ca. 520-465 BC.

 Between the Testaments; 200 BC-70  

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