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Update on Iraqi Artifacts!!
Shlama Akhay,

Here's some great news! Fortunately, the damage and loss of Iraqi artifacts was exaggerated. This tidbit is from Chuck Missler's K-House News---


The world felt a great loss when looters ransacked The National Museum in Baghdad earlier this year, damaging or carrying off thousands of priceless artifacts and treasures. While the items that have been stolen or damaged can never been replaced, there is some good news. The loss is not as extensive as the public has believed.

In April, The Washington Post reported that 100,000 cuneiform clay tablets including the "Sippar Library," had possibly been smashed and lost. The loss of the Sippar Library, a fantastic collection of hymns, prayers, lamentations, bits of epics, glossaries, astronomical and scientific texts, as well as pieces of a flood story very similar to the Bible’s story of Noah, would have been devastating to archeologists. The 800 tablets of the Sippar Library are the oldest set of ancient writings found on their original shelves and are still largely unstudied. Happily, in its September/October issue, Biblical Archeology Review reports that the Sippar Library and those other 100,000 cuneiform tablets were not touched, stored in a room that looters passed by.

Other priceless items were also saved. Museum workers had wisely moved about 8,000 museum pieces from the public galleries and stored them in a secret location before the war in Iraq began. These have been safely recovered. About a hundred large and heavy artifacts were left behind, and of those, 47 are gone. However, many items that were stolen have been quietly returned, including a statue of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III . The famous Warka Vase has also been returned, though now in 15 pieces.

Of the total 500,000 total number of artifacts once held by the Museum, Biblical Archeology Review reports that about 3% are still missing and 5% are damaged. Unfortunately, archeological sites throughout Iraq, always the target of illegal "excavators," were also hard hit after the war. However, these sites are being patrolled as well as possible. A land as rich in ancient history as Iraq is always going to be the target of opportunists, but thousands of treasures that reveal its past are still in protective hands.

Shlama w'Burkate, Larry Kelsey
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Thank God!

Those artifacts are priceless treasures of World Civilization! The earliest writing, novels, science, etc. I can't imagine a more precious collection of the experience of mankind - than this collection from the birthplace of our father Abraham - the "Cradle of Civilization" - and the birthplace of Monotheism - in "Beth-Nahrain", today called "Iraq."
+Shamasha Paul bar-Shimun de'Beth-Younan
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