Archaeologists Discover Seal Bearing Name of Biblical King Hezekiah in Jerusalem

A projected image of a clay imprint, known as a bulla, which was unearthed from excavations near Jerusalem's Old City, and later discovered to be from the seal of the biblical King Hezekiah, is displayed during a news conference at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem December 2, 2015. REUETRS/Amir Cohen
A projected image of a clay imprint, known as a bulla, which was unearthed from excavations near Jerusalem’s Old City, and later discovered to be from the seal of the biblical King Hezekiah, is displayed during a news conference at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem December 2, 2015. REUETRS/Amir Cohen

(Reuters) Israeli archaeologists have discovered a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis.

The circular inscription, on a piece of clay less than a centimeter (0.4 inches) long, may very well have been made by the king himself, said Eilat Mazar of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University who directed the excavation where it was uncovered.

Hezekiah ruled around 700 BC and was described in the Bible as a daring monarch – “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him” (II Kings 18:5) – who was dedicated to eliminating idoltary in his kingdom.

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  • sammy13

    Day in and Day out, more proof that the Bible is the Word of G-d.

    • Sure. and also definitive proof that evolution and global warming are hoaxes.

      • Cady555

        There is no biblical reason to discount climate change. The fact that politicians who agree with you on religious issues also deny climate change does not make their climate change opinions either correct or biblical.

        The political opposition to climate change is due to campaign financing. The facts are clear.

        Even Ronald Reagan acknowledged the need to address climate change. It is time to look at the evidence and hold the politicians we vote for to a higher standard.

        • Ben

          I like Regan until I found out more dark secrets. One being he had cancer and despite telling every one else not to go for alternative cancer treatments that they are a lie….went himself off to Germany for alternative cancer treatment. His whole administration shunned alternative treatments. He should have been more of an honest president. Vitamin B-17 does in fact work. Big pharms pay off politicians to keep people going for traditional cancer so called therapies like radiation and chemo that only at best claim a 3%
          success rate. That means a humongous 97% FAILURE rate. Does not impress me at all.

        • D.M.S.

          Scripture states the the LORD states there will always be a planting season.

          • Cady555

            So? That hasn’t prevented drought or famine. That didn’t prevent “the year without a summer” a couple centuries ago after a volcanic eruption. That verse will not prevent the polar ice sheets from melting.

            We are responsible for our action and inaction.

          • D.M.S.

            Yes we are, especially when it comes to accepting our Lord JESUS as our Savior.

  • Ben

    I want to stand on God’s word. So what if so called educated people call it all a fairy tale. I love how God seems to WEED out the ones that just try to mock him and gives the clues in his own time to the ones that use at least some faith. Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him.

    • jlschuck

      “I am unaware of his plans but I shall never stop believing in them because I cannot fathom them and I prefer to mistrust my own intellectual capacities than his justice.”

      ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

  • Matthew V. Brown

    Only one MINOR quibble…the question at the end asking “what are the real facts…?” “Facts” are, by definition, “real”, or they are not “facts”. Much better to ask “what are the facts…?” or “what is the truth regarding…?” Think about it. No one would ever say “what are the unreal facts…”?

    • gizmo23

      good point

  • Ken Danley

    I think it is funny when atheists flippantly claim that the Bible has NO evidence at all to support it. There is literally TONS of evidence just from archeology alone, but pointing that out just makes atheists angrier.

    • Cady555

      The fact that certain people or places existed does not prove, or disprove, the truth of the Bible.

      The point of the biblical stories is God’s intervention. Archeology will never prove that. It is a matter of faith

      Evidence that Hezekiah existed does nothing to confirm supernatural intervention in human affairs. So clearly this evidence will do nothing to convince atheists of supernatural intervention. It is unreasonable to expect otherwise.

      England exists, but that does not make Narnia real. Yet some find truth in the Chronicles of Narnia that has nothing to do with whether it is a literal place.

    • gizmo23

      I’ve never heard an atheists state that all of the Bible is false.

  • Dewey Olinger

    Could someone please explain the Egyptian symbolism on this seal and why it’s there?

    • Rachel

      You’ll find out when you read the accounts. The kings of Israel built temples, altars, statues for other gods, and led the Jews into idolatry. Many of Israel’s kings were bonded with Egyptians, Babylonians, and Assyrians-or were just fascinated with the philistines’ gods/goddesses they were near and so embraced their deities or religion. The problem of idolatry would remain for a period of years until a successor would stop it. If this seal belonged to Hezekiah, it would be consistent with the biblical context of Israel’s complacency with idolatry.

  • Jolanda Tiellemans

    So someone writes about this King in the bible and when Archaeologists find some evidence that he really existed, it’s proof that God was real? Uhm, seriously?