Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1121 – Ancient Seals Found in Jerusalem

While we were in Israel on our Book & the Spade tour we spent more time than in the past in the area of the Temple Mount and the City of David. The reason is that there’s more archaeology going on there than there has been for a number of years. And in two of the digs in that area, seals were recently found, adding to the growing number of names of important officials from Biblical times.

Sometimes seals that are found contain the names of men who are known from the Bible, sometimes not. In these two cases, the seals’ owners were not previously known. One of the seals was found in an excavation along the western edge of the western wall plaza, where a number of finds from the First Temple period have been discovered, preserved under a later Roman-era street. The seal owner was Netanyahu ben Yaush (shown). The other seal was found along with a number of seal impressions, near the Gihon spring.


2 responses

  1. About 5 minutes into the show, Prof. Schoville begins discussing pottery vessels, & states that “3 of them” bore “LMLK” seals, then you mention “another inscription … read ‘belonging to the king of Hebron'”.Does this mean that you actually saw a total of 4 LMLK handles, or were there 3 restored jars bearing 4 LMLK handles each for a total of 12 that were otherwise illegible, plus an additional handle not restored to a jar that had a legible “LMLK HBRN” stamp?I’d very much like to know exactly how many of these stamped handles were found, & if they were attached to restorable jars, or if they were all simply scattered handles.Thanks for any details you can remember about what you actually saw!

    April 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm

  2. George, the information on the “King of Hebron” comes from a news release on the IAA website.I think the website has a clearer explanation than our comments, but I think we both would like additional information.Thanks for listening!

    April 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

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