A stunning discovery was made by archaeologists recently as King Hezekiah’s seal of biblical fame was found in Jerusalem in the last place anyone would look, an old dump site. This discovery marks the first seal to be unearthed which was originally owned by an Israeli King.
The seal dates back 2700 years and was more than likely dumped in the old site after the destruction of a nearby palace, along with large amounts of rubble. The design of the seal is fairly simple, with a double-winged sun alongside two ankhs, a representation of life. On the seal itself it is written in ancient Hebrew “Hezekiah Ahaz, King of Judah”. The Ahaz section refers to Hezekiah being the son of Ahaz.
This type of seal was used in ancient times in order to approve documents and even seal the fate of prisoners or criminals. It was only to be held by the king himself, making this discovery extremely important to archaeologists and researchers alike.
This mark was applied to an oval piece of clay called a bulla and is up until now the only original marking from the king’s sealing ring. The odds that the king himself applied this seal are almost 99%.
Unfortunately the ring itself has not been found, but this is as close the archaeologists can get to it without finding said ring. Even the archaeologist who discovered this bulla, Eilat Mazar, has claimed that this is the biggest archaeological find that anyone in her family has ever found. This coming from a third-generation archaeologist is proof enough of the importance of such a discovery.
Add to this the fact that this seal, even if it is one of many others bearing the king’s name, is the only one to be actually found in an official archaeological dig site.
The aforementioned dig site is in an extremely volatile section of Jerusalem, near the Old City, because of its vicinity to a Palestinian neighbourhood. This aggression stems from the belief that the dig site is only a cover up for a Jewish settlement.
King Hezekiah himself is a prestigious figure from the Bible, being in second place from King David when looking at their prevalence. He ruled for 29 years starting from 727 BC and is claimed to have held back the Assyrians through both resistance as well as audacity.
Taking into account that King Hezekiah’s seal of biblical fame was found in Jerusalem, even if some parties consider this a ruse in order to further prove the Jewish heritage of the land, similar discoveries might be made in the near future in the relative vicinity of the dig site. If the team of archaeologists will be able to find further information regarding King Hezekiah, only time will tell.