An inscription on the obelisk reads: “I received the tribute of Iaua (Jehu) son of (the people of the land of) Omri: silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom, golden tumblers, golden buckets, tin, a staff for a king [and] spears.”
Professor Meyer said: “Shalmaneser 3 King of Assyria – 859 to 824 BC – not only refers to the next king of Israel (Jehu) as the ‘son of Omri’ but the obelisk also provides Jehu’s picture, the only image of an Israelite king ever discovered.
“Even 100 years after Omri’s death, his famous and powerful reign is remembered by a series of famous Assyrian Kings like Tiglath-Pileser III and Sargon II who mention the northern kingdom of Israel as ‘Omri-Land’.
“There is no doubt that these discoveries related to the famous King Omri help confirm the historical reliability of the Biblical record.”
Professor Meyer is a public speaker and lecturer who has memorised more than 20 books from the Bible and is known as the Bible Memory Man.