The 'Adda-Guppi' stele

    The Canon Ptolomeos and the Adda Guppi Stella, mention the names of five kings of the Neo-Babylonian dynasty, reigning before Cyrus' conquest:

     Nabopolassar (21 years)
     Nabucodonosor (43 years)
     Evil-merodac (2 years)
     Neriglissar (4 years)
    [Labashi-Marduk (9 months)] Not included in records because he did not reign 1 whole year.
     Nabonido (17 years)

     If we count back all their years from 539 b.C. we reach the conclusion that Nebuchadnezzar's reign started 66 years before this date, that is in 605 b.C.
(539 +17 +4 +2 + 43 = 605)

    Tablet VAT 4956 supports this date, placing the 37th year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign in the same date stated by the Canon Ptolomeos. The 2nd Book of Kings 25:8 and Jeremiah 52:29, state that the desolation of Jerusalem occurred on the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar, the 19th if we count the year of his rising to the throne. Consequently, the desolation of Jerusalem came 19 years after his enthronement in 605, that is, in 586 b.C.