STATES CHRONICLE – Science has shown us a large number of new discoveries recently, each one more amazing than the other. From understanding black holes to the cure for human pain, the novelties occurring in the scientific world lately are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Now, it’s time for archaeology to surprise and amaze us, as King Hezekiah’s biblical seal was dug up in Jerusalem.
One of the most important archaeological finds in recent history was just uncovered in Jerusalem in a place nobody would have expected. Found in a dump site in the Holy City, the seal is thought to be the first seal belonging to an Israeli or Judean King to ever be discovered by archaeologists.
Found 2,700 years after its last recorded use, King Hezekiah’s seal was found on a piece of clay, referred to as a bulla. The clay oval containing the king’s seal is not only believed to be original, but most evidence supports the fact that the king himself applied the seal. This is because the signet ring was an object of such importance, that nobody but the king would generally use it.
Eilat Mazar, the woman who uncovered the artifact, is a third generation archaeologist, and claims that the seal is most likely the most important finding she or anyone in her family will ever make.
The digging in which the seal was uncovered is taking place in a highly controversial and disputed area, near a Palestinian neighborhood, very close to a wall that surrounds Jerusalem’s Old City. This has led many to accuse the seal of being a fake, meant only to motivate the Jewish claims over Eastern Jerusalem.
However, the artifact does appear to be in fact real. It contains an inscription in Hebrew that translates to “Belonging to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah”. Another inscription, featuring a two-winged sun, with its wings turned downward, and two ankh symbols on each side symbolizes life, and is also attributed to King Hezekiah, one of the most important kings in biblical history.
King Hezekiah is portrayed in a very positive image in the Bible, in his roughly 29 years of rule managing to overturn the idol-focused religion his father had started, and even to stand up against the dangerous foes that were the Assyrians. However, due to the curious markings on the seal, it would seem that the King was closer to his father than it was previously believed.
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