go see the Cyrus Cylinder


The-Cyrus-CylinderAttention all who live in the Houston, Texas area: there is now only one week left for you to view the Cyrus Cylinder as it makes its appearance during the American Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Cyrus Cylinder’s home is the British Museum so this opportunity to see it with your own eyes here in Houston is no small thing. The exhibit will run at MFH/Houston through next Fri., June 14.

“Why on earth would a 9” long, barrel-shaped, baked clay cylinder, inscribed during the 6th century BC, in Akkadian cuneiform be of any interest to me?,” you ask. For the answer, watch this very well done 19 minute TED Talk video. If it would help whet your appetite for a viewing, let me just say if you have any real interest at all in subjects such as Bible prophecy, human rights, Thomas Jefferson, American history, the Iran-Iraq War, foreign relations today, multi-cultural tolerance, or a host of any other matters, rest assured you’ll find this archaeological discovery made in 1879 nothing less than fascinating. Again: watch the video.

Museum hours for MFA/Houston are: Tuesday–Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the street-level lot directly across from the Law Building at 1001 Bissonnet Street. To maximize your experience, you might want to opt for the audio tour (available for $3 at the admissions desk).

You can read a translation of the Cyrus Cylinder’s text online.

The Bible speaks of real people in real places at real times. The Cyrus Cylinder is a great example of an archaeological artifact that corroborates that claim. Some of the passages in the Bible most pertinent to a full appreciation of the Cyrus Cylinder are Daniel 5, Isaiah 44:24-45:8, 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, and Ezra 1; 3:1-7; 4:1-5; 5.6-17.

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