2,600-Year-Old Hebrew Seal Discovered in Jerusalem

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A 2,600-year-old seal in paleo-Hebrew writing has been discovered in Jerusalem.

The seal was unearthed in the City of David and bears the inscription "Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King." Archeologists believe this could be a reference to a royal official mentioned in the second book of Kings 23:11.

The Jerusalem Post quotes Dr. Anat Mendel-Geberovich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Center for the Study of Ancient Jerusalem saying, “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."

A statement by Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority said,

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 noted, “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."

“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,” they added.

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