(Christian Post) The Cyrus Cylinder, cited as extra-biblical evidence of an Old Testament account involving the exile of ancient Jews, is scheduled to make stops at various museums in the U.S. this year, before returning to its home at the British Museum.

The artifact is named after the Persian king who ruled from 559-530 B.C.E. and is mentioned in historical and prophetic books of the Bible as having allowed Jews exiled by the Babylonians to return to their home in Jerusalem.

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The nearly 2,600-year-old Cylinder is viewed as inspiring modern-day political debates, cultural rhetoric and philosophy, and is also cited as an early example of sensitivity to tolerance, justice and religious freedom.

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