Investigating Writing and the Bible
Scripture #12 -Ezra 5: 9-10 and 6:2
Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, who commanded you to build this house and to make up these walls? We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. … And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll and therein was a record thus written:
If ever there was an important time to have documentation on hand, this was it.
King Cyrus of Persia overthrew Babylon in 539 B.C. and issued a decree in 538 B.C. allowing the exiled Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple. Zerubbabel leads the way and begins work on the temple, but opposition arises and the work ceases until 520 B.C. When the work begins again the Persian governor protests and challenges their authority. That’s when King Darius finds the written decree of Cyrus and the temple is finished in 515 B.C.
See the importance of written documentation?