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Israeli Archaeologists Discover Ancient Artifact That Supports Biblical Record

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2018 Jan 02
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Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal that supports the Bible’s record of a governor ruling over the city of Jerusalem.

According to, the seal is comprised of a stamped piece of clay and dates back to the period of the first Jewish temple. The coin-sized seal bears an inscription which reads “belonging to the governor of the city.” Archaeologists were able to date it to the period of the first Jewish temple because it was uncovered in soil from the first temple period.

This is consistent with the biblical record which makes note of a governor ruling over Jerusalem during the first temple period.

According to one of the archaeologists, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, the seal “supports the Biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”

The seal was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir. It was discovered near the plaza of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

“It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation was the destination of this transport, sent by the city governor,” said Dr. Weksler-Bdolah.


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Publication date: January 2, 2018