King Hezekiah’s Seal Discovered

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Post 19 – You may have seen a headline like this early in December? The Biblical King being referenced is none other than Hezekiah. The clay seal or “bulla” was found near the Temple Mount in what seems to have been an ancient dump site. The clay seal would have secured a string around a rolled up royal document. The seal served as a means of ensuring the authenticity of a document. Other Hezekiah bullae exist but this is the first uncovered in a proper archeological excavation so its authenticity cannot be denied. It reads, “Belonging to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah”. One thing you will immediately notice is the pagan symbols. Eilat Mazar, the famous archaeologist who discovered the seal has a theory. She says that the Egyptian royal symbols had been appropriated by many Mediterranean nations and for these people, they were simply symbols of royalty that no longer bore their original meaning. #weeklybiblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarchaeology #biblereadingarchaeology

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