Seal Affirms Bible Reality
The newly discovered circular piece of clay is a seal of King Hezekiah, and it is a solid refutation that Jews were not the principal occupants of Jerusalem well before the Arabs who established their claims around 700 AD.
“This is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation,” Mazar said.
The clay imprint, known as a bulla, was found at a dig at the foot of the southern part of the wall that surrounds Jerusalem's Old City, an area rich in relics from the period of the first of two ancient Jewish temples.
It had been buried in a refuse dump dated to the time of Hezekiah and was probably tossed from an adjacent royal building, Mazar said. It contains ancient Hebrew script and the symbol of a two-winged sun.
The bulla was initially cataloged and put in a closet, along with 33 others, after a first inspection that failed to establish its true identity.
Only five years later, when a team member scrutinized it under a magnifying glass and discerned dots in between some of the letters, did the meaning become clear.
The dots help separate the words: “Belonging to Hezekiah (son of) Ahaz king of Judah.”
The piece is clear evidence of the veracity of the Bible, and the primacy of the Jewish kingdom in Jerusalem at least 1,400 years before before Middle Eastern marauders laid claim to the area. It also refutes the criticism that the Bible cannot be used for the study of history. However, neither claim is likely to sway these two groups since they are agenda driven and not likely to consider any story but their own.
So many people calling it a coin. It’s bit s chin, it’s a royal seal… like a notary or court seals papers, in those days it was in wax or clay… a stamp.
Land of the Jews…
I wonder if the authors on this site ever proof read their material before they hit the publish button? For instance, is this statement what you really meant to say?
“…it is a solid refutation that Jews were not the principal occupants of Jerusalem well before the Arabs who established their claims around 700 AD.”
And more errors are conspicuous later in the article.
I’ve had enough of this shoddy writing from your site. Leads one to wonder if the content is even true given the poor ability of the writer to ensure correct grammar and spelling. As a result, I have “unliked” your Facebook page and will no longer click through to your site. It’s too difficult to navigate through the multiple click throughs just to read poorly written stories.
It is EXACTLY what I meant to say. A 700 BC Jewish artifact that highlights Jewish king Hezzekiah found along the temple wall in Jerusalem is clear evidence that Jews were there and that Jerusalem was their principal residence at the time. There are those who reject the idea that Israel is the true Jewish homeland, this discovery refutes that claim. And as we know, many Arabs want to claim Jerusalem (and Israel) as theirs, but their arrival was around 700 AD and the claim is therefore invalid. Of course that is not really what the Palestinians and other Middle East claimants mean, because they prefer for all Jews to be pushed into the sea to die. The phrase cited is correct, grammatical, and properly spelled. Thanks for your input.