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King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light
Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 01/26/2019 | Robin Ngo

Posted on 02/16/2019 11:43:44 AM PST by SunkenCiv

For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible was found in an archaeological excavation. The stamped clay seal, also known as a bulla, was discovered in the Ophel excavations led by Dr. Eilat Mazar at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The discovery was announced in a press release by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology, under whose auspices the excavations were conducted.

The bulla, which measures just over a centimeter in diameter, bears a seal impression depicting a two-winged sun disk flanked by ankh symbols and containing a Hebrew inscription that reads “Belonging to Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah.” The bulla was discovered along with 33 other stamped bullae during wet-sifting of dirt from a refuse dump located next to a 10th-century B.C.E. royal building in the Ophel.

In the ancient Near East, clay bullae were used to secure the strings tied around rolled-up documents. The bullae were made by pressing a seal onto a wet lump of clay. The stamped bulla served as both a signature and as a means of ensuring the authenticity of the documents.

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Hezekiah, son and successor of Ahaz and the 13th king of Judah (reigning c. 715–686 B.C.E.), was known for his religious reforms and attempts to gain independence from the Assyrians.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
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The royal seal of Hezekiah, king of Judah, was discovered in the Ophel excavations under the direction of archaeologist Eilat Mazar. Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar; photo by Ouria Tadmor.

The royal seal of Hezekiah, king of Judah, was discovered in the Ophel excavations under the direction of archaeologist Eilat Mazar. Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar; photo by Ouria Tadmor.

1 posted on 02/16/2019 11:43:44 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Biblical sources. The main account of Hezekiah’s reign is found in 2 Kings 18–20, Isaiah 36–39, and 2 Chronicles 29–32 of the Hebrew Bible. Proverbs 25:1 mentions that it is a collection of King Solomon’s proverbs that were “copied by the officials of King Hezekiah of Judah”.


2 posted on 02/16/2019 11:46:26 AM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for sharing!


3 posted on 02/16/2019 11:47:35 AM PST by Maudeen (Jesus - our only Hope)
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To: Robert DeLong

Hezekiah was, according to the Hebrew Bible, the son of Ahaz and the 13th king of Judah. Edwin Thiele concluded that his reign was between c. 715 and 686 BC. He is considered a very righteous king by the author of the Books of Kings. He is also one of the most prominent kings of Judah mentioned in the Bible and is one of the kings mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.


4 posted on 02/16/2019 11:48:07 AM PST by Robert DeLong
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Oldest written document ever found in Jerusalem discovered by Hebrew University
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | July 12, 2010 | Unknown
Posted on 07/12/2010 10:40:47 AM PDT by decimon
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5 posted on 02/16/2019 11:49:20 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: Robert DeLong; Maudeen; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

6 posted on 02/16/2019 11:50:13 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: 75thOVI; Abathar; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AnalogReigns; AndrewC; aragorn; ...
One of *those* topics.


Everything just told seems in good agreement but for several things. First, three separate texts in the Scriptures, and so also Herodotus in his history of Egypt, tell of an unusual debacle suffered by the Assyrian army under Sennacherib. He won the battle of Eltekeh, close to Jaffa on the Mediterranean coast, against Sethos and Ethiopian generals, and properly recorded it; he continued warfare and carried it east into Elam, southeast into Babylon, west into Anatolia, north into the Caucasus, and beyond.

The realization that Sennacherib came again to Palestine on his ninth campaign was intially made by Rawlinson in 18~~...

Herodotus, too, told of only one campaign of Sennacherib, met by Sethos on the Palestinian frontier, when nature intervened. In Worlds in Collision I brought out the fact, neglected by the commentators of the Scriptures and of Herodotus alike, that the story of the sun having changed the rising and setting points four times since Egypt became a kingdom is included in Herodotus immediately following the story of the debacle Sennacherib’s army suffered. The phenomenon of the sun returning on the sundial is described in all three biblical sources in the same context of Sennacherib’s debacle. The Assyrian king for his part refrained from all military activity in the last seven or eight years of his life, and spent his time prostrated before the image of the god Nergal, the planet Mars, and was assassinated in that position by two of his sons.

The Assyrian Conquest: The Assyrians In Egypt: The Reign of King Hezekiah by Immanuel Velikovsky

7 posted on 02/16/2019 11:57:48 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: SunkenCiv

Boy oh boy, would I like to get my hands on that book by Velikovsky! If nothing else, he’s interesting!

Thanks again for a great ping!

:o]

‘Face


8 posted on 02/16/2019 12:07:57 PM PST by Monkey Face (My pet rock isn't doing very well today. I think it's stoned. ~~ FB ~~)
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To: SunkenCiv

FANTASTIC! Thanks for letting us know....


9 posted on 02/16/2019 12:51:48 PM PST by faithhopecharity (“Politicians arent born, they’re excreted.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 to 43 BCE))
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To: SunkenCiv

Love it.

You know, eventually every person comes to the knowledge that everything the Bible teaches is true.


10 posted on 02/16/2019 1:48:51 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SunkenCiv

Why would King Hezekiah have an, what I consider to be Egyptian, ankh on the seal?


11 posted on 02/16/2019 1:53:22 PM PST by madison10
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To: Robert DeLong

A great king!


12 posted on 02/16/2019 1:57:48 PM PST by fortheDeclaration
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To: madison10
Maybe his ankhle or aunt was Egyptian.

13 posted on 02/16/2019 2:25:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: SoFloFreeper
No, as a matter of fact, they don't.

14 posted on 02/16/2019 2:25:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: Monkey Face
The link there is to one of the chapters of one of the unpublished "Ages in Chaos" volumes, there are two at that site, both worth reading, along with the supplementary material.

15 posted on 02/16/2019 2:27:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: faithhopecharity
My pleasure.

16 posted on 02/16/2019 2:27:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yeah, they do. Hebrews 9:27 applies.


17 posted on 02/16/2019 5:13:21 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
The world population hit a billion in 1900 for the first time. Perhaps five of those people remain alive today. At least half of them died without it. So, no, they don't.

18 posted on 02/16/2019 5:57:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: SunkenCiv

Did you consider they raise l realized the truth afterwards?


19 posted on 02/16/2019 7:29:34 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper; SunkenCiv
You know, eventually every person comes to the knowledge that everything the Bible teaches is true.

That reminds me of the recent announcement by biblical archaeologist, Dr. Steven Collins, on the discovery of the city of Sodom. When fellow archaeologists wondered why they had not found thiis city, that was larger than Jerusalem, he smiled and exid: "All you need is a trowel and the Bible".

Why Sodom Matters - Genesis 13:1-12 - Dr. Steven Collins

20 posted on 02/17/2019 5:23:40 AM PST by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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