Biblical King Hezekiah’s Seal Unearthed In Jerusalem

Posted: Dec 7 2015, 3:55am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Biblical King Hezekiah’s Seal unearthed in Jerusalem
Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar; Photo by Ouria Tadmor (via CNN)

King Hezekiah’s royal seal has been found in Middle East. It is 0.5 inches in width and happens to be 2700 years old.

King Hezekiah’s seal was found in a dump site, the last place where such a rich find would be expected to exist. The 8th century B.C. seal was meant to be applied to papyrus documents. It is 0.5 inches in width and happens to be 2700 years old.

King Hezekiah was one of the kings of Judah. And the seal was discovered in Jerusalem. The seal has been referred to as a bulla. It also happens to be the first seal to be discovered which is from an Israeli king. All credit goes to the archaeologists.

This seal was quite an important artefact in its times. In fact, it was something which sealed the fates of so many. The very idea that anyone other than the King of Judea could use this seal was virtually unthinkable.

The king must have used it himself and that too on a consistent basis. The archaeologists declared it to be the most surprising and valuable of finds they had ever unearthed. The excavation site was the Ophel at the Temple Mount. The oval bulla was found in a dump site which is strange indeed.

The team of archaeologists were digging at an area outside the Old City in Jerusalem. And suddenly they came upon the artefact. The site was a controversial ground of contention since it had a Palestinian neighborhood near it.

There are those who are pointing fingers at Jewish settlement as the main excuse behind the excavations which are said to be merely a ruse. As for the seal, it was probably dumped along with the rubble from a royal building of the distant past. The seal had the following words emblazoned on it: Belongs to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, King of Judah.

A double-winged sun can clearly seen on the seal. The wings are facing southwards. Two ankh symbols may also be observed among the details. They are representative of life. Other seals of Hezekiah have been seen here and there among the long list of artefacts.

But none carry the import that this one does since it is genuine. The others may be fakes indeed. After King David, King Hezekiah is the most famous of the ancient Biblical kings. He was quite a figure who stood up against the Assyrians in a bold stance of audacity and resistance.

The king ruled from 727 to 698 B.C. He is showered with favorable accolades in the Bible. Hezekiah is also said to have reversed the idolatry put into practice by his father.

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