ISRAEL - 2,600 Year Old Seal Discovered in City of David

Arno Froese

A 2,600-year-old seal from the Kingdom of Judah bearing the inscription “(belonging) to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King” was recently discovered in the City of David, according to an announcement.

The seal was deciphered by Dr. Anat Mendel-Geberovich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Center for the Study of Ancient Jerusalem.

The clay bulla (seal impression), along with other artifacts, was discovered inside a public building that was destroyed during the destruction of the First Temple and was uncovered during the archaeological excavation of the Givati parking lot in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem. The dig was conducted by archeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and Tel Aviv University (TAU).

“Since many of the well-known bulla and stamps have not come from organized archaeological excavations but rather from the antiquities market, the discovery of these two artifacts in a clear archaeological context that can be dated is very exciting,” Prof. Yuval Gadot of TAU and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the IAA said in a statement.

“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,” they said. “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.”, 1 April 2019

Arno's commentary

With each new discovery, Israel documents the Jews’ presence in the land. Yet UNESCO continues to insist, with the support of the Arab world, that Jerusalem is not Jewish but a Muslim heritage site. That, however, seems to be a contradiction of terms, because the Islamic prophet, Mohammed, was born in Mecca [Saudi Arabia] around the year 570. Thus, the Muslim religion can be considered a relatively new religion compared with the Jewish faith, which goes back to Abraham. But faith is stronger than facts, and the overwhelming majority of the nations of the world adhere to the decision of the United Nations.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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