King Uzziah
Uzziah Burial Inscription
Uzziah Burial
      In a Russian Orthodox monastery located on the Mount of Olives, an inscription was discovered bearing the name of King Uzziah. The inscription reads: “To this place, the remains of Uzziah, King of Judah, were placed. Do not disturb”
      There are other inscriptions from the Assyrian king Tiglath-Pileser III, which scholars argue over, which may mention him as well. One translation made from one of the artifacts states:
 “During my campaigns, I received tribute of Azariah (Uzziah) of Judah [Azri(au) of Iuda]” ANET 282
      Uzziah and the story that led to his downfall is mentioned in 2 Chronicles 26:
      'Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. ..... He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper......
       And he made devices in Jerusalem, invented by
skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and large stones. So his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong.
     But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the LORD his God by entering the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. So Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him were eighty priests of the LORD; valiant men. And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from the LORD God."
       Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the incense altar. And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place. Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the LORD had struck him.
       King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD. Then Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
       Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz wrote. So Uzziah rested with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial which belonged to the kings, for they said, "He is a leper." Then Jotham his son reigned in his place.'
      In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
       Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!"....
      So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."  Isaiah 6:1-5 (NKJV)
This King, The Lord of Hosts, is Jesus Christ!
     "Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts.  Malachi 3:1 (NKJV)
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Photo Links to Artifacts Mentioned in this Article
Uzziah Burial Inscription
Calah Slab Inscription mentioning Azariah (Uzziah) of Judah ANET 282
Halley's Bible Handbook - Author: Henry H. Halley
ISBN: 0-310-25720-4 Pg.223-224 Uzziah and Jotham inscriptions
Biblical Archaeology Review magazine: Nov/Dec 1995
Biblical Archaeology Review magazine: July/August 2001
Journal of Biblical Literature - Vol 28, No. 2 1909 pg.182-199
Azariah of Judah and Tiglath Pileaser III by author Howell M. Haydn
Published by The Society of Biblical Literature.
Texts known as III R 9, No.1,  No. 2, No. 3 May refer to Azariah of Judah, scholars disagree over this artifact.
Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. James Pritchard
pg.282 Mention of Tiglath-Pileaser receiving tribute from Azriau of Iuda, possibly Azariah of Judah, though scholars disagree over the translation.
Illustration: Pen and Ink Reproduction of the Uzziah burial inscription.
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