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IN History & Culture ON 08 Dec, 2015
What do often get when you to a dump site? Well, aside from you getting smelly from simply staying there, you obviously will be looking at a lot of rubbish, whether natural or manmade. Some of the things you find might even make you faint. However, at an ancient dump in Jerusalem, a very significant find was discovered by researchers: a testament to the existence of King Hezekiah of Judah. Read below to see what exactly was found about the king that appeared in the holy Bible.
That's right, a very old seal -- older than Jesus Christ -- was found at a dump in Jerusalem. Remarkably, it had the mark of the biblical King Hezekiah.
Likewise, this very small piece of oval clay seems to depict the Sun having a couple of wings at a downward position, with two ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs flanking the centerpiece to represent life.
Basically, the biblical King Hezekiah was primarily responsible for bringing power to the Kingdom of Judah. Even the seal contains an inscription that reads "Belonging to Hezeiah (son of) Ahaz king of Judah."
Because it's a seal, it was obviously used to seal papyrus documents back then which would have been rolled and tied using really thin cords. Actually, the back of this 2,700-year-old seal contains a mark from such a cord.
The recently discovered seal was unearthed through an excavation at an old dump which was near the royal building that existed during the time of King Hezekiah, between 727 BC and 698 BC.
Even if it's really old, the seal will hopefully provide archaeologists and other researchers some clues about the influence the Kingdom of Judah had in the region during 2,700 BC.
According to Dr. Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the small item is actually the private seal impression that was utilized by King Hezekiah. It's the very first finding of such an ancient item. Likewise, the seal signifies the protection of God and the divine legitimacy of King Hezekiah to power.
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