Beneath the shattered tomb of the prophet Jonah, in present day Iraq, lies a chamber of archaeological wonder and antiquity - a rare glimpse into the mysterious Assyrian empire.
The story of Jonah and the Whale is one of the most famous, and most mysterious, tales in the Old Testament. Recent finds by archaeologists in the ruins beneath Jonah's shrine in Iraq make a compelling argument that many of the events and characters in this biblical parable are based on fact. See treasures that date back over 2,500 years and discover a lost world where the prophet Jonah himself may have preached.
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