The Cyrus Cylinder

Iran’s Payvand News announced that the Cyrus Cylinder will go on display in Iran in the near future. The Cyrus Cylinder is a royal document written on a cylinder, attributing his defeat of Babylon to the Babylonian god Marduk. The document is important for biblical studies, since it provides the background for the “Cyrus Declaration,” which allowed the Jews to return to Judea and built a Second Temple.

UPDATE: England’s Telegraph reports that scholars are debating whether the Cyrus Cylinder can really be viewed as an early “Bill of Rights.”

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