On Monday, January 1, archaeologists in Israel discovered an ancient artifact that perfectly aligns with biblical recordings. According to Reuters, the discovery was a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression.
The artifact was discovered in the Old City of Jerusalem near the Western Wall. The seal was inscribed in Hebrew script as "belonging to the governor of the city." According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the artifact was most likely sent as a gift for the governor, who held the most prominent position at the time.
The Antiquities Authority said, "It supports the Biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago." The specific books in the Bible that talk about governors in Jerusalem are 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.
Excavator Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah said, "The Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding thus reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2,700 years ago...It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation was the destination of this transport, sent by the city governor."
She continued, "The finding of a seal with this high-rank title, in addition to the large assemblage of actual seals found in the building in the past, supports the assumption that this area, located on western slopes of the western hill of ancient Jerusalem, some 100 m west of the Temple Mount, was inhabited by highly ranked officials during the First Temple period. This is the first time that such a sealing is found in an authorized excavation."
According to Hebrew Univerisity Professor Tallay Ornan and Tel Aviv University Professor Benjamin Sass, the impression is inscribed with, "belonging to the governor of the city."
They described the seal, "Above a double line are two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner. Their heads are depicted as large dots, lacking any details. The hands facing outward are dropped down, and the hands facing inward are raised. Each of the figures is wearing a striped, knee-length garment. In the register beneath the double line is an inscription in ancient Hebrew, with no spacing between the words and no definite article."
According to the Daily Wire, the seal is 13 x 15mm across and 2-3mm thick.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, "It is very overwhelming to receive greetings from First Temple-period Jerusalem. This shows that already 2700 years ago, Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, was a strong and central city. Jerusalem is one of the most ancient capitals of the world, continually populated by the Jewish people for more than 3000 years. Today we have the privilege to encounter another one of the long chain of persons and leaders that built and developed the city. We are grateful to be living in a city with such a magnificent past, and are obligated to ensure its strength for generations to come, as we daily do."
This discovery comes just a few weeks after President Trump announced that the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel again. The decision has caused a vast amount of controversy, though some believe it is the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy.
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