2,600 Year Old Seal Discovered In City Of David

Discussion in 'Bible Archaeology' started by Kaatje, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Kaatje

    Kaatje Well-Known Member

    A 2,600 year old seal bearing the inscription “(belonging) to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King” was discovered in the City of David, it was announced on Sunday.

    The seal was deciphered by Dr. Anat Mendel-Geberovich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Center for the Study of Ancient Jerusalem.

    “Although it is not possible to determine with complete certainty that the Nathan-Melech who is mentioned in the Bible was in fact the owner of the stamp, it is impossible to ignore some of the details that link them together,” Mendel-Geberovich said in a statement.

    The statement notes that the name Nathan-Melech appears once in the Bible, in the second book of Kings 23:11, where he is described as an official in the court of King Josiah.

    The bulla (seal impression), along with other artifacts, was discovered inside a public building that was destroyed during the destruction of the First Temple and were uncovered in archaeological excavations of the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem. The dig was conducted by archeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University.

    The bulla “(belonging) to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King,” discovered March 31st, 2019. (Credit: ELIYAHU YANAI/CITY OF DAVID)

    “Since many of the well-known bullae and stamps have not come from organized archaeological excavations but rather from the antiquities market, the discovery of these two artifacts in a clear archaeological context that can be dated is very exciting," Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement.

    "They join the bullae and stamps bearing names written in ancient Hebrew script, which were discovered in the various excavations that have been conducted in the City of David until today. These artifacts attest to the highly developed system of administration in the Kingdom of Judah and add considerable information to our understanding of the economic status of Jerusalem and its administrative system during the First Temple period, as well as personal information about the king’s closest officials and administrators who lived and worked in the city.”

    They added the discovery helps provide a window into the era.

    “The discovery of a public building such as this, on the western slope of the City of David, provides a lot of information about the city’s structure during this period and the size of its administrative area,” they said. “The destruction of this building in the fire, apparently during the Babylonian conquest of the city in 586 BCE, strengthens our understanding of the intensity of the destruction in the city.”

    A second artifact was also located during the dig. A stamp-seal was also in uncovered, made of "bluish agate stone, engraved with the name - '(belonging) to Ikar son of Matanyahu,'" according to the release.

    The stamp-seal “(belonging) to Ikar son of Matanyahu,” discovered March 31st, 2019. (Credit: ELIYAHU YANAI/CITY OF DAVID)

    According to a release, both artifacts will be presented in full in the Israel Exploration Journal, the archaeological journal published by the Israel Exploration Society.

  2. Kaatje

    Kaatje Well-Known Member

    It is astonishing how many artifacts are digged up lately.
    As if the stones are crying out: this land belongs to Israel!
  3. chaser

    chaser Well-Known Member

    Yes! Many artifacts and the timing they are being found more frequently, glad you are finding and posting these "nuggets" it is all very interesting to read!
  4. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    Exactly !!!
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  5. lightofmylife

    lightofmylife Blessed Hope-Prepare To Fly!

    I believe that God is also letting these things be revealed so more people will believe it isn't a fairy tale. It sure is interesting seeing all the artifacts being found. His :bible word says prove all things.
  6. Len

    Len Well-Known Member

    2 kings 23:11
    And he removed from the entrance to the house of the LORD the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court near the chamber of an official named Nathan-melech. And Josiah burned up the chariots of the sun.…

    "JUST THINKING" ..... that Nathan-melech's "chambers" were near the house of the Lord and wondering .... does that mean the temple was there? AS if so, the seal was found in the city of David not on the temple mount from what I have read and can make out ......

    per article: "A bulla (seal impression) and a 2,600-year-old stamp dating back to the First Temple and bearing Hebrew names were recently uncovered as part of the archaeological excavations of the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David"
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