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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Biblical history: King Hezekiah's Royal Seal impression found on clay bulla.

From the Hebrew University of Jerusalem comes news of an exciting archaeological find: http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/28173

 
The bulla (inscribed clay) is imprinted with the symbol of a winged sun and an inscription in an ancient Hebrew script [BBC].
King Hezekiah’s Seal Impression Found in the Opel Excavations Jerusalem, Israel


02/12/2015 [source/link]
First seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation(.)
Discovery brings to life the Biblical narratives about King Hezekiah and the activity conducted during his lifetime in Jerusalem's 1st Temple Period Royal Quarter
The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar, have unearthed an impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah (727–698 BCE).
Measuring 9.7 X 8.6 mm, the oval impression was imprinted on a 3 mm thick soft bulla (piece of inscribed clay) measuring 13 X 12 mm. Around the impression is the depression left by the frame of the ring in which the seal was set.
The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script:
"לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה"
"Belonging to Hezekiah [ben | son of] Ahaz king of Judah"
King Hezekiah in Holy Scripture:

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