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Achaemenid, Cyrus Cylinder, 539–538 BC, clay, British Museum. © Trustees of the British Museum

The “Cyrus Cylinder” and the Bible: Cyrus, the Anointed of the Lord

Sunday, May 19, 2013
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: Matthias Henze, Rice University
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning

Cyrus II of Persia, victorious over the Babylonian Empire in 539 BC, is mentioned more than 20 times in the Hebrew Bible. The prophet Isaiah praises the Persian king as “anointed” by the God of Israel, as Cyrus liberated the Israelites (along with other subjugated peoples), and encouraged them to return to their homeland and to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. In this illustrated talk, Matthias Henze shows why the remarkable legacy of Cyrus the Great remains so strong. Questions? E-mail

A reception follows.

Lecture Tickets
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Exhibition Catalogue
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. To order, click here or call The MFAH Shop at 713.639.7360.