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Seal from First Temple Period Supports Biblical Accounts

seal clay (Photo: IAA/ASHERNET)

Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Daniel Eisenbud tells us more about the recent discovery of a rare 2,700-year-old seal found in Jerusalem. This seal gives evidence to biblical accounts of a governor of Jerusalem in ancient times.

A rare, well-preserved piece of clay dating to the First Temple period with the Hebrew inscription “governor of the city” was recently discovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.

“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,” said Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, excavator of the site on behalf of the IAA. . .

“The finding of the sealing 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 the western slopes of the western hill of ancient Jerusalem, some 100 meters west of the Temple Mount, was inhabited by highly ranked officials during the First Temple period.”

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