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Archaeology: Hezekiah’s seal impression found in Jerusalem

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seal impression/Eilat Mazar, Ouria Tadmor

Hezekiah (741–686 BC) , king of Judah, was known for reform and strengthening national defenses.

From ScienceDaily:

The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script: “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah,” and a two-winged sun, with wings turned downward, flanked by two ankh symbols symbolizing life.

Dr. Eilat Mazar said: “Although seal impressions bearing King Hezekiah’s name have already been known from the antiquities market since the middle of the 1990s, some with a winged scarab (dung beetle) symbol and others with a winged sun, this is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation.”More.

There’s probably a lot of other stuff out there that could shed light on history, if not plundered or wrecked. This one confirms what we reasonably believed to be true. Others, like the ancient computing machine, the antikythera, surprise us with the ingenuity of the ancients

See also: Earlier than thought: New clue in riddle regarding ancient computing machine?

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But what if the creators of the ancient AntiKythera machine were smarter than we think?

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8 Replies to “Archaeology: Hezekiah’s seal impression found in Jerusalem

  1. 1
    bornagain says:

    Here is a very interesting talk by Dr. Meyer on Hezekiah (and archeology)

    A Tale of Two Conquests – Stephen Meyer – video (Biblical History – Hezekiah) – September 2014
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcDNYXmUWO0

  2. 2
    bornagain says:

    related note:

    Atheist Doctor Finds Jesus After Doing His Own Research!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtEZMgUHnRg

  3. 3
    Robert Byers says:

    Its cool and always a defeat for bible deniers every time some facts are confirmed from the bible. This king confirmed makes any criticism of the bible from those days lose credibility.
    Its important and more so then the dumb Greek thing.

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    Does anybody have a clue why a king noted for restoring the Jewish faith would be using so many Egyptian motifs in his personal seal?

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    mahuna says:

    I completely agree with Robert Sheldon: the seal would appear to be blasphemous. Unless Hezekiah’s local chiefdom was a satellite of Egypt. The ancient Hebrews made it quite clear that Jehovah was merely the god of the Jews, and people in other countries should of course worship the gods of their own countries. Many historians have concluded that the winged “seraphim” on the Ark of the Covenant were most likely depicted as winged bulls, since winged bulls were common totems in the region. Including ankhs on a chieftain’s personal seal would, if nothing else, seem to confirm that Hezekiah’s tiny chiefdom lacked the cultural depth to invent unique symbols and so borrowed symbols from the major cultures around them.

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    Robert Byers says:

    mahuna
    Wrong. The bible is clear only the true God was the one the Hebrews were to agree exists. Others Gods were made up. the bible is clear.
    These details are irrelevant. about seals. The important thing is how names were accurate just as genesis is accurate.

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    mike1962 says:

    “flanked by two ankh symbols symbolizing life.”

    I only see one ahkh on the right. Where’s the other one?

  8. 8
    Mung says:

    It’s on the piece that got chipped off, on the left.

    Look for the symmetry.

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