King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized
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For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible has been found in an https://i0.wp.com/cdn.biblicalarchaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/hezekiah-bulla.jpgarchaeological excavation. The stamped clay seal, also known as a bulla, was discovered in the Ophel excavations led by Dr. Eilat Mazar at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The discovery was announced in a recent press release by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology, under whose auspices the excavations were conducted.

The bulla, which measures just over a centimeter in diameter, bears a seal impression depicting a two-winged sun disk flanked by ankh symbols and containing a Hebrew inscription that reads “Belonging to Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah.” The bulla was discovered along with 33 other stamped bullae during wet-sifting of dirt from a refuse dump located next to a 10th-century B.C.E. royal building in the Ophel.

In the ancient Near East, clay bullae were used to secure the strings tied around rolled-up documents. The bullae were made by pressing a seal onto a wet lump of clay. The stamped bulla served as both a signature and as a means of ensuring the authenticity of the documents (By Robin Ngo Bible History Daily). The Bible says, “I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right.” Isaiah 45:19 To read more of the article go to http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/king-hezekiah-in-the-bible-royal-seal-of-hezekiah-comes-to-light/

 

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