Cyrus the Great’s Cylinder Challenges Iran’s Ayatollahs

Jihad Watch: “Iranians have long been proud of their ancient history and culture,” Iranian journalist and Middle East analyst Saeid Jafari has written. The Achaemenid empire’s (559-330 BCE) founder, Cyrus the Great, looms particularly large in Iranian memory as a proud symbol of enlightened, tolerant rule, notwithstanding the scorn of modern Iran’s theocratic masters.

“Cyrus’s reign [559-529 BCE] is warmly remembered as the Persian equivalent of Camelot, the mythical English court ruled by King Arthur,” Moment writer Robert S. Greenberger has noted. Iranian expatriate students of ancient Persia have thus enthused online that Cyrus, whose name means “sun-like,” was the “father of the Iranian nation” and the first world leader called “the Great.” He is especially renowned for his eponymous Cyrus Cylinder, among the “most iconic objects of the ancient world,” as the Christian Science Monitor has observed.

This baked-clay cylinder marks Cyrus’ 539 BCE peaceful conquest of politically-divided Babylon with a proclamation by the “king of the universe,” as his Persian empire was the largest then known to the world. Upon entering Babylon, Cyrus proclaimed in an address his intention to “respect the traditions, customs and religions of the nations of my empire.” Thus the “first charter of human rights ever set to paper predates the Magna Carta by some 1,700 years,” Greenberger has written. read more

7 Comments on Cyrus the Great’s Cylinder Challenges Iran’s Ayatollahs

  1. The grandmother of Cyrus the Great was Esther (of the book of Esther in the Bible). The book of Isaiah in chapters 44 and 45 prophesied that a king (who wasn’t even born yet) would be named Cyrus by God himself and become a mighty king that conquered nations and also would perform a specific task that God assigned to him (to allow and assist the Jews of the Babylonian captivity to rebuild the temple and Jerusalem). Cyrus is mentioned 22 times in various places in the Bible even though God said that Cyrus would not “know him” including here in:

    Isaiah chapter 45

    1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

    2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

    3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

    4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

    5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

    6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

    7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

    Part of the problem with figuring this all out nowadays is that current “religious scholars” don’t bother to consult what was written by real Biblical scholars 100+ years ago. This link lays out the titles and names that overlap for the Persian Median kings and how history records them:

    https://doctrine.org/companion-bible-appendix-57

    And this link discusses the book of Esther in detail for those that might be interested.

    https://doctrine.org/the-book-of-esther

    I consider this information (among many other things) to be yet more evidence that the Bible is true, accurate and God inspired.

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  2. Well said

    Well substantiated

    Don’t expect any hate driven moslem
    to admit it

    islam IS hate

    and nothing else

    Without the impetus of hate

    islam would not make sense

    nor exist

    islam is hate

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  3. Esther lived at the time of Xerxes and the invasion of Greece some 45 years after the death of Cyrus the Great.
    (at least according to my references)

    Herodotus claims that Cyrus was the first pathological liar (lying considered a great sin before his reign) to take the throne, so, he was sort of grand-daddy to the Clintons, Obola, Pelosi, and the Demonrat/Socialists.

    izlamo delenda est …

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  4. “The Writing on the Wall” comes from a blasphemous feast by the Babylonians just before Cyrus smashed in and crushed the last remnants of their empire. He even helped the Jews build their temple.

    Israel has a coin minted with Trump and Cyrus the Great on it in profile.

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  5. Many have likened President Trump to Cyrus. It’s not coincidental that “Cyrus means sun-like” and the president is tanned (chemical or not) and has a blond coiffure.

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  6. Wow, nice extensive and informative comment, Bubba’s Brother.
    President Trump definitely has Cyrus characteristics – by God’s design.

    The scripture reference you used has some of my favorite Bible verses, especially verse 7;

    Isaiah 45 5-7
    5. “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

    6. That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

    7. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.”

    Confirmation The True and Living God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.

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