Lachish Chairs

This week I have been thinking about the line of chairs at Lachish.

chairs, thrones, lachish, judah, kings, length of reign, sculptureThe chairs are part of a series of sculptures at Lachish to better illustrate the history of the site.

See: New Sculptures at Lachish

chairs, thrones, lachish, judah, kings, length of reign, sculptureThis past week I have been listening to I and II Kings while out walking and have often thought of these chairs as the Kings of Judah were mentioned.

You can see in the picture above that the chair backs are of different heights. Do you know why they are different?

chairs, thrones, lachish, judah, kings, length of reign, sculptureHere is a closer view of some of the chairs. You can see that each one has information about one of the Kings of Judah. The height of the back of the chair indicates how long the king reigned.

Another thing I noticed was that the chair representing the last King of Judah is on the right end of the line. This is because Hebrew is written right to left.

chairs, thrones, lachish, judah, kings, length of reign, sculptureThe chairs are lined up along the palace wall. Lachish was the second largest city in Judah and had a palace for the King to stay in when he visited.

chairs, thrones, lachish, judah, kings, length of reign, sculptureOf course, many memories of digging at Lachish also came back to me while listening to the text of I and II Kings. Although Lachish is not often mentioned in the Bible it was a very significant city during the Divided Kingdom.

Steven

 

 

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