"[Regarding] 1.5 minas (0.75 kg) of gold, the property of Nabu-sharrussu-ukin, the chief eunuch, which he sent via Arad-Banitu the eunuch to [the temple] Esangila: Arad-Banitu has delivered [it] to Esangila. In the presence of Bel-usat, son of Alpaya, the royal bodyguard, [and of] Nadin, son of Marduk-zer-ibni. Month XI, day 18, year 10 [of] Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon."
Sensing that the name of the chief eunuch mentioned on the tablet sounded familiar, Dr. Jursa turned to the 39th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah, where in verse 3 the prophet recounts the names of Babylonian officials sent by King Nebuchadnezzar to assist in the destruction of Jerusalem. One of them is (Shamgar) Nebo Sarsechim, which Dr. Jursa identified as a slightly different spelling of the name of the official mentioned in the Babylonian tablet.
Irving Finkel, assistant keeper in the British Museum's Middle East Department, was very excited: "This is a fantastic discovery," he told The Telegraph, "a world-class find. If Nevo-Sarsekim existed, [then] which other lesser figures in the Old Testament existed? A throwaway detail in the Old Testament turns out to be accurate and true. I think that it means that the whole of the narrative [of Jeremiah] takes on a new kind of power."
Speaking with The Times, Finkel said, “A mundane commercial transaction takes its place as a primary witness to one of the turning points in Old Testament history. This is a tablet that deserves to be famous.”
Stories on the discovery appeared online in The Telegraph and The Times.