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Nebuchadnezzar’s early years are detailed in this cuneiform tablet, part of the Babylonian Chronicle. The tablet covers events between 605 and 594 B.C.E. Each entry recounts military events in successive regnal years of the Babylonian kings. Horizontal lines separate the events by year. The fifth section of this tablet documents the conquest of Jerusalem and Judah and corroborates the Biblical account of Judahite royalty being taken into exile (2 Kings 25:30; Jeremiah 52:31–34).