NAMES of PROPHETS’ APPEAR IN THE EBLA TABLETS,

Dating back to around 2500 BC, the Ebla tablets provide very important information regarding the history of religions. The most important feature of the Ebla tablets, discovered by archaeologists in 1975 and which have been the subject of much research and debate ever since, is that they contain the names of three prophets referred to in holy scriptures.

The discovery after thousands of years of the Ebla tablets and the information they contain is extremely important from the point of view of clarifying the geographical location of societies revealed in the Qur’an.

Around 2500 BC, Ebla was a kingdom covering an area that included the Syrian capital Damascus and south-east Turkey. This kingdom reached a cultural and economic peak but later, as happened to a great many civilizations, it disappeared from the stage of history. It was apparent from the records that were kept that the Kingdom of Ebla was a major cultural and commercial center of the time. (1) The people of Ebla possessed a civilization that established state archives, built libraries and recorded commercial contracts in written form. They even had their own language, known as Eblaite.

The History of Buried Religions

The true importance of the Kingdom of Ebla, regarded as a great success for classical archaeology when first discovered in 1975, came to light with the finding of some 20,000 cuneiform tablets and fragments. This archive was four times greater than all the cuneiform texts known to archaeologists over the last 3,000 years.

When the language used in the tablets was deciphered by the Italian Giovanni Pettinato, an epigrapher from the University of Rome, the scale of their importance was better understood. As a result of this, the finding of the Kingdom of Ebla and this magnificent state archive became a matter not just of archaeological interest, but one of interest to religious circles, too. That was because as well as the names Michael (Mi-ka-il) and Talut (Sa-u-lum), who struggled alongside the Prophet David, they also contained the names of prophets mentioned in the three holy books: The Prophet Abraham (Ab-ra-mu), the Prophet David (Da-u-dum) and the Prophet Ishamel (Ish-ma-il). (2)

The Importance of the Names on the Ebla Tablets

The names of the prophets identified in the Ebla tablets are of the greatest importance as this was the first time that they had been encountered in historical documents of such age. This information, dating back to 1500 years before the Torah, was most striking. The appearance in the tablets of the name of the Prophet Abraham recorded that the Prophet Abraham and the religion brought by him had existed before the Torah.

Historians analyzed the Ebla tablets from this perspective, and this major discovery regarding the Prophet Abraham and his mission became the subject of research with regard to the history of religions. David Noel Freedman, an American archaeologist and researcher into the history of religions, reported, based on his studies, the names of such prophets as Abraham and Ishmael in the tablets. (3)

Other Names in the Tablets

As stated above the names in the tablets were those of prophets referred to in the three holy books, and the tablets were far older than the Torah. In addition to these names there were also other subjects and place names in the tablets, from which it can be seen that the Eblaites were very successful traders. The names Sinai, Gaza and Jerusalem, not too distant from Ebla, also appeared in the texts, showing that the Eblaites enjoyed commercial and cultural links with these places. (4)

One important detail seen in the tablets was the names of the areas of Sodom and Gomorrah, where the people of Lot lived. It is known that Sodom and Gomorrah was a region on the shore of the Dead Sea where the people of Lot lived and where the Prophet Lot communicated his message and called people to live by religious moral values. In addition to these two names, that of the city of Iram, which appears in the verses of the Qur’an, is also among those in the Ebla tablets.

The most noteworthy aspect of these names is that apart from in the texts communicated by the prophets, they had never before appeared in any other text. This is important documentary evidence showing that reports of the prophets who communicated the message of the one true religion at that time had reached those areas. In an article in Reader’s Digest magazine it was recorded that that there had been a change in the Eblaites’ religion during the reign of King Ebrum and that people had begun to add prefixes to their names in order to exalt the name of Almighty God.

God’s Promise Is True…

The history of Ebla and the Ebla tablets which came to light after some 4,500 years actually point to one major truth: God sent messengers to Ebla, as He did to every community, and these called their peoples to the true religion.

Some people adhered to the religion that came to them and thus attained the true path, while others opposed the message of the prophets and preferred a wicked life. God, Lord of the heavens, the earth, and all that lies between, reveals this fact in the Qur’an:

We sent a Messenger among every people saying: “Worship God and keep clear of all false deities.” Among them were some whom God guided but others received the misguidance they deserved. Travel about the earth and see the final fate of the deniers. (Qur’an, 16: 36)

References
1) “Ebla”, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopaedia, © 1995 Funk & Wagnalls Corporation, Infopedia 2.0, SoftKey Multimedia Inc.
2) Howard La Fay, “Ebla: Splendour of an Unknown Empire,” National Geographic Magazine, December 1978, p. 736; C. Bermant and M. Weitzman, Ebla: A Revelation in Archaeology, Times Books, 1979, Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, Great Britain, pp. 184.
3) Bilim ve Teknik magazine (Science and Technology), No. 118, September 1977 and No. 131 October 1978
4) For detailed information, please see Harun Yahya’s Miracles of the Qur’an.

6 thoughts on “NAMES of PROPHETS’ APPEAR IN THE EBLA TABLETS,

  1. Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn’t the country with
    the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn’t that likely to be the most hated country?
    If ever there was ever a time in our nation’s history that called for a change, this is it!
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

  2. You really should quote Genesis 14:8 which is where the same 5 cities on the referred to Ebla tablet are mentioned in the same order as on the tablet. This tablet confirms Genesis and the Towrah. I don’t believe these cities are mentioned in the Qur’an are they?

    1. yup, they are mentioned. sodom and gomorah are not mentioned but prophet lut is and the account of cities being destroyed is there. secondly city of iram is mentioned in quran. people thut iram was a myth but quran proved them wrong and quran described iram exactly what is was.abrahim, david and other prophets are also mentioned in quran.

  3. Funny how Muslims claim they believe in the Psalms yet their own book denies Jesus was ever crucified.

    They pierced my hands and my feet and cast lots for my clothes – Psalm 22

    Tacitus and Josephus also write about Pontius Pilate and Christ’s crucifixion.

    Yet you still trust in a man that saw an angel.

    Satan is an angel of light – Corinthians

  4. why dont you all who deny Islam prove in reverse and try to prove if what is written in the Quran is improvable, then these discussions would be more meaningful. Islam doesnt hate but if someone stepped in your ranch it would definately fuel anger , now its beynd control the hatred has turned into a monster. I know many communities on the planet dont read much and dont know much , maybe “Zeitgeist the movie” can help all such nations in re-thinking who is being fooled. Muslims are told by Allah not to love the life of this World , what has God told all the rest of you? You dont need a miracle to find the truth !!!

  5. Dear Sons of Thunder,

    1. As Muslims, we beleive that Jesus has crucified! (In fact not Jesus but smo like Jesus). (NISA/157)

    2. Yes, we trust in a man that saw an angel of only God and God itself.

    3. But you still believe in that Jesus is son of God due to his miracles. You cannot see that a prophet/man can bring miracles with the help of God. (We also believe in that Mary was virgin and God created Jesus as a miracle as God had created Adam ) Moses has also many miracles but he is not the son of God as Jesus.

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