This remarkable discovery has, for the first time, provided us with the physical remains of an individual named in the Bible. It was Augustus who issued the census decree that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born (Luke 2:1-7).
Have archaeologists discovered James’ ossuary (burial box)? Augustus erected for himself a grand mausoleum in Rome, on the east bank of the Tiber River, one quarter mile northwest of the Roman Forum.
Since he was a leper, he was not buried with the other kings, but “near them in a field for burial that belonged to the kings, for people said, 'he had leprosy'” (2 Chr ). He is best known for his capture of Babylon in 539 B. This ancient record states, “I (Cyrus) gathered all their former inhabitants and returned to them their habitations.” Cyrus was buried in a simple gabled stone tomb outside his capital of Pasargadae in modern Iran.
Interestingly, an inscription was found on the Mount of Olives in 1931 dating to the first century A. which reads, “Here were brought the bones of Uzziah, King of Judah—do not open.” Evidently, because of his leprosy, Uzziah's bones were removed from the field belonging to the kings and transferred to yet a more remote location. According to the historian Strabo, this inscription once graced the structure, “Oh man, I am Cyrus, the son of Cambyses, who founded the empire of Persia, and was king of Asia.
His ashes were placed in an urn in the center, while those of other members of the dynasty were place in urns in a corridor around a central cylinder.
Although some of the urns were found in place by excavators, the ashes had long since disappeared.
His is the first of three monumental tombs cut into a cliff near the Persian capital of Persepolis, Iran. Believe what I did and tell the truth to the people. If you do not conceal these matters, but you do tell the people, may Ahura Mayda protect you. There are three other tombs at the site, thought to be those of the Persian kings Xerxes (485-465 B. Ezra was a scribe (Ezra 7:6) and Nehemiah a cupbearer (Nehemiah 2:1) under Artaxerxes I.
The inscription on his tomb reads, King Darius states: King, whoever you are, who may arise after me, protect yourself well from lies. He authorized both Ezra and Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem, Ezra to carry out religious and judicial duties (Ezra -26), and Nehemiah to rebuild the city walls (Nehemiah 2:1-9).Following Jesus’ crucifixion, Caiaphas continued to persecute the early church.He brought the apostles before the religious leaders and said to them, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this Name.At the southern end of the City of David, south of the Old City of Jerusalem, there are two monumental tunnel tombs which many scholars believe are the tombs of David and Solomon.Unfortunately, they were damaged by later quarrying, so no identifying inscriptions have survived.C.) testify that this is the authentic location of the burial place of the Patriarchs.