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Navarro. "Archaeologists Find Biblical-Era Seal Of King Hezekiah In Jerusalem"


A team of archaeologists in Jerusalem has unearthed a rare biblical-era seal impression bearing the name of King Hezekiah, during excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount’s southern wall.

Led by Dr. Eilat Mazar, experts from the Institute of Archaeology in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found an oval seal impression that measured 9.7 by 8.6 mm (0.4 inches by 0.3 inches) and was inscribed on a 3 mm (0.1 inch) thick soft bulla, or piece of clay. Around the object was the depression left by the frame of a ring in which the seal was set.

On the impression, an inscription was set in ancient Hebrew script: Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah. There was also an engraved image of a two-winged sun. Its wings were downward, and on its side were two ankh symbols that represented life.

[…] King Hezekiah ruled around 715 and 686 B.C.

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