The Berean Expositor
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"Omri took the land of Medeba and (Israel) dwelt in it during his days and half the
days of his son, altogether forty years."
That we are dealing with history the following will prove:--
Omri reigned
12 years
Joram (half 12 years)
42 years
The odd two years present no difficulty, for we are not told that Omri commenced his
oposition of Moab immediately he ascended his throne.
These few items must suffice to demonstrate the value of this Stone of Help, the
heathen Ebenezer, preserved by the God of the whole earth to bear witness to the truth in
His own times.
The Code of Khammurabi.
pp. 102 - 105
Near to the entrance to the fourth Egyptian Room* stands a tall black stone pillar
engraved with cuneiform letters.
This is the famous code of laws inscribed by order of Khammurabi. The stone is of
great antiquity, possible the oldest monument in this Assyrian Room, for it dates back to
the days of Abraham. Some of us may remember the words of Wellhausen concerning
Abraham, viz.:--
"We may not regard him as a historical person; he might with more likelihood be
regarded as a free creation of unconscious art"!
Since these words of so called criticism were penned, God has brought to light many
wonderful witnesses to the historical accuracy of the Bible. Cherdorlaomer becomes a
living person, the dominance of Elam, as given in Gen. 14:, but denied by critics, proves
to be an established fact; Arioch, King of Ellasar, is found in the inscription as Eri Aku,
King of Larsa. Tidal (Tid-gal in the Hebrew, and Tud-Khula, or Tud-Ghula, in the
inscriptions) has also been found.  Amraphel has been identified with the name
Ammurabi-ilu, "Khammurabi the god," the Amraphel of  Gen. 14:  being the
Khammurabi of the stone pillar we are now considering.
[NOTE: * - The British Museum is temporarily closed. Already there is some re-arrangements
in progress and therefore the position of many of these antiquities will have to be verified.]